General Tips on Fitness Training

fitness-trainingBeginners often struggle to get started with a workout plan that best suit them. The common question would be what and why. WHAT kind of program to take and a good reason WHY they should choose it over the other. Fitness training is a big industry; it is a big market loaded with tons of goods hence the struggle to decide which program will yield the best results.

Now let’s first take into consideration the goals of a fitness enthusiast. One, and maybe the most common among them, is weight loss. Another is to gain lean mass, may it be bulking or simply toning up. The third is to achieve overall health and improve day-to-day performance, and last but maybe not the least, is training for athletic performance.

Whatever your goal is, and whether you are a beginner or a pro, everything comes down to 2 basic concepts that we all should incorporate in our routines. It’s been available for decades but left hanging somewhere in the corner because we often favor the most advertised ones.

It’s simple and no rocket science at all. So what’s the not-so-new approach that we often fail to embrace?

  1. NUTRITION

A lot of fitness enthusiasts, and not just the beginners, would often have questions as to why results cannot meet their expectations after long periods of hard work. I myself struggled to gain lean mass. A well-researched training program coupled with supplements and protein powder didn’t make me achieve my goal, but why? I’m not saying nothing worked at all; in fact, I gained a few pounds though it was mostly confined in my belly area. Feeling a bit hopeless, I started counting calories which I swore I would never do. After a week of recording, I was surprised to find out that I’m not even taking ¾ of what I’m supposed to eat regardless of the fact that I eat almost every 3-4 hours!

We should be aware that a good calorie intake doesn’t just mean to eat more or to eat less. It’s the quality that truly counts. It is best to consult a dietitian to discuss a diet plan that will suit your goals and current lifestyle. So what are the basic things to keep in mind then?

  • Adequate water intake. By adequate, I mean lots! How many of us often neglect our water intake? Well I wouldn’t really say few.
  • Eat frequently. Ever heard of ‘small frequent feeding’?
  • Eat organic foods and stay away from processed goods. It is always best to eat clean and healthy. If you can’t totally eradicate processed goods in the kitchen, which might be difficult for some, you might just cut it down. Eat a variety of fruits and vegetables, and don’t forget the meat if you’re not a vegetarian.
  • Nutritional Supplements.  How many of the available supplements in the market can you name? How important do you think they are for your goals? Well not much, unless you know the basics. Multivitamin/mineral is your safest bet. A pointer to remember, they are called ‘supplements’ for a reason, and not ‘replacement’.
  1. TRAINING

Simple things to remember regardless of your training program:

  • Warm-up and stretching. Isn’t it underrated? Often called a ‘waste of time’ especially in the gym. Don’t wait to get injured before you start recalling how to do it properly.
  • Cardiovascular training. In any setting, cardiovascular strength and endurance is important. Intensity and duration varies, but never take cardio out your list. You don’t want your lifting session ruined because you can hardly catch your breath, do you?
  • Get a trainer or someone to supervise you. This is a must for starters. Despite thorough web research and study, you still need someone to check on you. If it is at all impossible, then invest in mirrors or cameras perhaps. Your call.