You May Not Be Working Out Hard Enough
There’s a ton of information out there in regards to working out. But for all that talk about weight loss, muscle gain, and getting stronger, very few people have the results to back it up. It seems like that little detail tends to get lost in all the noise. Let’s talk about one thing that may be holding you back from getting results.
Many seem to forget that the whole point of training is to get results. After all, why torture your body to not see it change? Sure, we can debate- (and the internet was probably created for people to argue) about the best way to apply some self-torture via workout routine, but none of that matters if you’re not actually busting your behind in the gym.
One of the most overlooked factors with workouts is the concept of hard work. You know the whole “roll up your sleeves and apply some elbow grease” mentality? People often ask about the best workout plan, or the world’s greatest diet, but everyone seem to get amnesia when you ask them “how hard are you working out?”
This is what I refer to as “sloppy execution with a good formula.” Here, the formula is the workout plan while execution refers to the work being done- or lack thereof. Make no mistake: you’ll get better results working hard on a subpar program than you would phoning it in on a routine designed by the greatest strength coach of all time. Let’s spend less time searching on Google and more time sweating.
To be fair though, we have to define what training hard means. When you use that phrase one usually conjures up images of a hard a** slapping himself across the face in-between sets. Or someone carrying around a puke bucket with their towel and water (gross). Those are perceptions of hard work, and poor ones at that. None of that will get you closer to your goals. All you really need is to have a sense of purpose of what the heck you’re doing on the training floor.
For one, your workouts should be performed with a business like mentality. That means free of distractions: avoid gossiping, ditch your phone, and stay away from the television. Some strength coaches say that if you’re training for more than an hour, you’re not working out but making friends. I don’t necessarily agree but it drives the point home that you’re at the gym to workout first and foremost.
Go to the gym and know how many sets, reps, and exercises you’re doing. Have an idea of what weights to use. Be sure to know that you want to run faster or farther than last time. Do more than you did at your pervious workout and maybe even do it faster.
As a personal trainer, I can tell you that most people don’t do this. In fact, these are the exact reasons why clients hire me in the first place. Any yahoo with a whistle can scream at clients and get all red faced. But that’s not really training. And we’re not referring to ability level either – the guy with two knee replacements working on a weight machine can be working just as hard as the woman deadlifting 315 for the first time.
Secondly, stay on point with what you’re trying to do. Want to get stronger? Start adding more weight to the bar. Adding muscle means getting more reps, and dropping a few pounds requires that workout to get done with a very quick pace.
So the take home message her is that while you shouldn’t take yourself so seriously, make sure to treat those workouts like serious business. Pretend you’re getting paid to workout, and you get a raise every time you push yourself to accomplish more. The human body can adapt to A LOT – you’ll find doing that will do way more for you than trying to find the perfect workout plan.