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Today’s topic is how to train like an athlete. Wether you are new to fitness or a fitness freak that watches all day workout videos, it doesn’t really matter, the goal is the same. You want to have the best results you can get for the time you spend. Time is precious and you have many more things to do than being all day in the gym. The key to have maximum results in minimum time is to watch carefully what the fitness pros do.
You don’t have to be an athlete to train like an athlete or look like an athlete. There are many reasons someone chooses to follow this lifestyle, but this is not today’s topic. Here are 5 tips that will help you organize your thoughts, set your actual goals and get you to the next level. If the idea of training like an athlete gives you a boost of enthusiasm continue reading.
5 Tips To Train Like An Athlete
Tip #1 Be Serious About Fitness
You joined the best fitness club in your area, you bought super fancy and brand gym clothes, you got the most expensive trainers but you still don’t feel the desired push. It is because you don’t know exactly what you have to do. When we lack of knowledge we tend to overvalue something or neglect it. The answer is simple. Start reading articles on how you can get started. Learn about your body’s muscle groups and how to exercise them, read about different kinds of workouts and their benefits. If you still feel that you are not doing things right get a personal trainer to help you realize what your body needs to achieve your goals. In a few words be a pro and know exactly what you are doing. This tactic will help you feel more relaxed and be more confident in your training.
Tip #2 Program
Many people go to the gym or decide to train for example at home without any specific program. Well this is not exactly how things work. If you don’t follow the same routine each week at least you have to know what workout you follow, why and for what reason. For example your goal is to lose a few pounds and strengthen your upper body that is weak. So you go to the gym, you look at the machines and start doing whatever you feel is easier or you know how to use. After a few weeks you are wondering what went wrong. It is wiser to make a 4-8 weeks program and follow it. Normally you have to see the first changes after 1-2 weeks, if you don’t see anything or you are not satisfied with your progress,you have to change the program because your body does not react the way you want. Athletes know that with a program you keep the progression scheduled and that you have a more balanced training.
Tip #3 Diet
Eating a good diet can help provide the energy you need to finish a race, or just enjoy a casual sport or activity. You are more likely to be tired and perform poorly during sports when you do not get enough: calories, carbohydrates, protein, fluids, iron, vitamins, and other minerals. However, the amount of each food group you need will depend on: the type of sport, the amount of training you do, the amount of time you spend doing the activity or exercise. People tend to overestimate the amount of calories they burn per a workout so it is important to avoid taking in more energy than you expend exercising.
Tip #4 Motivation
Everyone has his bad days. Even the most successful athletes have them, but they keep going no matter what. Find your source of motivation to keep you going after a bad day at work, a family problem or when you feel out of energy. It may be a fitness quote or your dream body hanging on your wall, your favorite song, the facebook page of your favorite athlete or your friend that reminds you the reasons you started this journey. What I did? I wrote a letter to my future self saying how proud I am that I finally achieved my goals and everything I wished for. Bang! It works!
Tip #5 Goals
You will work hard for something only if you know what this is. It may be your dream body, a contest, a marathon or just a healthier lifestyle. Only if you know what you want you can create the paths to achieve it. Ask yourself why he actually joined the gym or started training. Don’t be afraid to set big goals. Some athletes are born with a natural talent, but to be a winner takes more than that. It needs determination, hard work and patience, but it is worth it.
Thank you for stopping by! I hope that I helped you a little bit. If you have any questions leave them in the comments below.
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