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Life Lessons Right Out Of The Gym

Whether you go to the gym to build muscle, lose weight, get a six pack, or simply because you enjoy it, there is more than just a physical return for your hard work. I believe that there is an equally valuable reward that comes from the gym. It offers much more than just the dream body you want. It offers a winner’s mentality and concepts applicable to everyday life. Check these out.

Consistency

Going to the gym once or twice a month isn’t going to bring you results. You have to be disciplined enough to get your ass up and to the gym several times a week. You have to work hard every time you go and walk out of the gym knowing you kicked ass.

Just like in life, if you want to learn something new or get better at something, you’re not going to see much improvement if you’re doing it every once in a while. You have to be committed and consistent with whatever your trying to accomplish.

The results you see are the reflection of the time and effort you put in. 

This doesn’t mean kill yourself by hitting the gym every day or practicing whatever it is for 10 hours, but it does mean committing a good amount of time to reach your goal.

Supplements

Take all the supplements you want but this isn’t how you will grow and get stronger. A lot of people have the misconception that if they spend $200, take 6 pills a day, and drink 2 different supplement powders they’re going to look like Arnold Schwarzenegger.

In life we can see a similar concept. If you want to become a pro at let’s say, playing the piano, you won’t accomplish this by subscribing to 5 piano magazines and buying 12 books. If you want to be fit and healthy you have to actually workout. If you want to be good at something you actually have to do it, not just read about it or watch people do it.

Same Workout, Same Results

If you do the same exercises everyday you’re not going to grow. The body is amazing at adapting to the same workouts. You have to switch it up.

In life, if you’re looking for results you can’t keep doing the same thing! Whenever you feel comfortable get into the habit of changing that right away. The reality is that we see the most growth when we feel challenged.

Obviously keep learning and getting better at whatever it is you’re doing, but find different ways. You can’t read the same book or watch the same tutorial 10 times and expect to get better.

Without challenge there is no growth.

Rest and Recover

Don’t expect crazy results if you’re not resting after killer workouts. You can’t destroy yourself at the gym every day and not rest! You have to eat and get enough sleep if you want your muscles to recover and get stronger.

In life it’s very similar, you can’t overload yourself with work and duties and not rest. This only comes with stress and feeling overwhelmed.

You have to rest in order to grow.

Give yourself time to let new information and skills be processed. Don’t just keep shoving things at your brain and expect it to learn it all.

Hard Work Equals Results

Those that work hard at the gym and actually put their phones down are usually the ones with real results. Stopping at 8 reps when you know you can get to 12 is just not cool.

If you want the results you gotta pay the price.

In life we can see the same thing. Successful people didn’t get there by just talking about their goals. They didn’t get there by “kinda trying.” They got there with hard work. Consistency and discipline are the traits successful people have mastered.

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3 Reasons Why You’re Not Seeing Results

We all go to the gym for our own reasons, whether you want to gain weight (muscle weight,  I would hope) or you’re trying to lose a couple pounds, we’re all primarily focused on getting fit and looking good. In order for us to achieve this it’s well known that we must work hard, eat good, and rest.

While you may be doing all these things you may be asking yourself where these results are. You’re dedicated, you’ve got good workouts, you’re eating good yet you still don’t see what you want.

I’ve put together 3 reasons why you might not be seeing results and what you can do about it starting today.

1. You’re Not Sleeping Enough

During sleep HGH (Human Growth Hormone) reaches peak levels throughout the body. Take advantage of  this by sleeping and let the body recover.

During sleep HGH (Human Growth Hormone) reaches peak levels throughout the body. Take advantage of this by sleeping and let the body recover.

Regardless of the exercise you’re doing you are tearing muscle fibers. This tearing of the muscle fibers is what allows us to grow bigger and stronger muscles. While you may have figured out how to successfully tear these fibers and feel sore the next day you must also realize sleep is essential for growth to occur.

While you sleep your body is in regeneration mode. It uses the precious hours of rest to rebuild all the muscle fibers you tore during your workout so they can grow stronger and bigger. If you don’t give your body the time it needs to fix itself you won’t be giving yourself the results you’re working hard for either.

It is recommend that we sleep 8-10 hours for optimal muscle growth (in other words, results) to occur. So if you want to grow, if you want those results, make sure you don’t forget sleep. Train hard but don’t be an ass to your body either by depriving it of sleep.

2. You Aren’t Focusing

Don't underestimate the power of your mind to grow your muscles.

Don’t underestimate the power of your mind to grow your muscles.

(MMC) Mind-Muscle Connection. You may think working out is all physical, I mean you are trying to get physically fit here but it really isn’t all physical. The ability to move your muscles and contract them is entirely dependent of this Mind-Muscle Connection. The first step towards muscular contraction is a signal sent by the brain to your muscles telling them to flex, without this you can’t move.

When you’re lifting weights you shouldn’t be worried about anything else other than this connection. Don’t think about how much you’re lifting, don’t think about who’s looking or what you’re doing later, just focus on the muscle you’re trying to work on.

The more you can improve this communication between your brain and muscles the better you get at engaging all the fibers in the muscle you are working. So really the more muscle fibers ripped the more ripped you get as well.

3. You’re Not Switching It Up

If your workout is becoming to bore you mentally it could most likely be due to the fact that your body is also bored.

If your workout is becoming to bore you mentally it could most likely be due to the fact that your body is also bored.

Studies show that muscles take between 6-8 weeks in adapting to workout routines, so if you’re not switching it up you’re wasting time. There isn’t much else to say about this one because it’s simple and it makes perfect sense. If you’re doing the same workout for more than 3 months you’re no longer giving your body the challenge it needs to feel in order to get stronger.

Find new workouts, challenge your body, and stick to it. You don’t get smarter learning the same thing over and over again so don’t expect your muscles to get stronger doing the same thing every week.

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10 Ways To Make Your Mornings Better

alarm clock is ruining your morningMornings are the beginning to a new day, a new opportunity, and provide a fresh start to do something new or different. No matter what it is that you’re doing, the beginning is always important. With beginnings being so important I believe  we should strive to make the beginnings of our days as great as possible in order to have good and productive days. Check out these ideas that could possibly make your mornings more enjoyable. 

1. Stop Waking Up To Annoying Alarms

You’re not cold or hot- you’re perfect, you’re buried under your blankets and pillows, you’re towards the end of a perfect dream and the stupid alarm goes off. We’ve all experienced this and it really does suck. Why do we wake up to terrible noises like that iPhone duck quack alarm? I’s not a nice way to begin the day. It’s the first thing you’ll hear, so wake up to a pleasant sound.

2. Waking Up To A To-Do List

I must say I do this one quite often but I’m working on ending this crappy habit. In order for us to enjoy our mornings we can’t wake up and remind ourselves of what has to be done right away. We have to ease into the day and slowly pick up momentum until we’re in full gear. Don’t wake up and immediately visualize all you have to do and ruin the morning. Think about like this, when you wake up your mind is like a clear, blue-skied sunny day and if you immediately think of everything you have to do you’re only adding clouds and rain to this perfect sunny day.

3. Really Stretch

I don’t mean lay in your bed and stretch, but seriously get out of bed and stretch like you’re at the gym. A good stretch in the morning will loosen up your tight muscles and get the blood flowing. A proper morning stretch has been said to increase flexibility, posture and even your mood by releasing mood-enhancing endorphin’s according to certified personal trainer Kristin Anderson.

4. No Surprises

Stop having to deal with dumb things in the morning like being unable to find your keys. Before going to sleep know what you’re going to wear and where everything is so you don’t have to scramble in the morning.  If you eliminate these moments from your mornings everything will flow peacefully instead of worrying about the time while looking for your wallet.

5. Let In The Light!

Try opening your blinds and curtains as soon as you step out of bed.  You should allow the new day to enter your bedroom and invite it into yourself as well. Embrace it, a new day is like a new canvas; you can either use it to create a masterpiece or let it go to waste.

6. POWER POSE

7. Breakfast Of The Champions

Eat a good breakfast, keep in mind your body just went 7-8 hours without food. A good breakfast is not a cup of yogurt or a bowl of cheerios. Get into the habit of eating right in the mornings. Your breakfast should always consist of some protein rich foods, healthy carbs, and vitamins. Every morning is like a new race and you can’t win that race unless you have the right fuel.

8. Breakfast For The Ears

Wake up and open iTunes. You may be surprised how much better your day will start out if you hear your favorite songs in the morning. Not only does it wake you up but it makes you happy and wanna dance. Add a beat to your morning, dance while making breakfast, and start the day right. I find that speakers work best but headphones can also do the trick.

9. I’m Not Kidding, Wake Up Earlier

A lot of you may think I’m crazy but seriously try it. Waking up knowing you you have to be out of the house in 30 minutes is not a good feeling. Treat yourself to a peaceful morning that flows how you want it to. Start your day off calmly instead of showering in two minutes, taking a bite of an apple, brushing your teeth, and running to your car. Mornings are meant to be slow, not fast-paced. Don’t battle your still-waking up mind and body, go with the flow and give yourself that extra time to chill out.

10. Make Your Bed

So what if you’re gonna ruin it at night? It takes 30 seconds and makes your room look much more inviting a less chaotic. Making your bed doesn’t have to be a whole involved process. Just straighten your sheets and pull your blankets up. Arrange the pillows if you’re feeling ambitious. Don’t be lazy and make it a habit to have a freshly made bed after a busy day.

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