6 Truths About Exercise That Nobody Wants to Believe

6 Truths About Exercise That Nobody Wants to Believe

I came across this article on the other day and thought it was interesting. James is NOT a certified trainer or strength coach but as an avid exercise enthusiast, he described 6 things that I think are spot on. They also align incredibly well with our Motivate Fitness philosophy which is why I decided to share.

You can check out the full story here or ready below for a quick synopsis:

1. Commit for the long-term.

Most people workout with a short-term goal in mind. Ignore the short-term results. If you commit to the long-term process, the results will come.

Furthermore, stop acting like living a healthy life is a big deal. You can go to the gym every week. That can be “normal” for you. Not a sacrifice. Not an obligation. Normal.

2. Set a schedule for your training.

Stop treating exercise as something to do when it's convenient and start setting a schedule for yourself to follow. Put it on the schedule and then organize your life and responsibilities around it. Setting a schedule for your training becomes even more important when life gets crazy. There will always be occasional emergencies that prevent you from working out. It's part of life. The problem is that most people miss one workout and before they know it, they haven't been to the gym in 4 weeks.

3. Focus on the best exercises.

Too many people waste time in the gym because they bounce around without any real goal. But here’s a simple rule: the more an exercise makes you move, the bigger the benefits it will deliver.

Here's a short list of the best exercises. Include one at least one in every workout.

  1. Squat

  2. Deadlift

  3. Cleans

  4. Sprints

  5. Pullups

  6. Pushups

4. Start light and train for good form before intensity.

Training to failure is a good way to wear yourself down, not build yourself up. Learn the basics and how to use good technique. So many people jump into high intensity classes with no understanding of the basics. This is a good recipe for overuse injuries and sore joints.

5. Make SLOW progress each week.

What got you here won't get you there. If you want to see different results, you have to do something different. If you want to see progress each week, then you have to progress each week.

This is actually very simple to do. Add 5 pounds each week. Add an extra set this week. Do the same exercise, but rest for 15 seconds less between sets. These are all ways of changing the stimulus and forcing your body to slowly and methodically get better.

6. Record your workouts.

What gets measured, gets managed. If you can't even tell me how many sets and reps you did with a particular weight two weeks ago, how can you guarantee that you're actually getting stronger?

You can look back and see how you're making long-term progress (point #1). You can see on which dates you trained and how often you were on schedule (point #2). You can verify that you did the best exercises each workout (point #3). You can see how you are slowly building up volume and developing a foundation of strength (point #4). And you can prove that you're making slow, methodical progress each week (point #5).

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