I’ve worked as a personal trainer for five years now and during my time in the industry both in a professional capacity and through training in my own time I’ve noticed a common trend amongst gym goers that consistently fail to get results. In my experience I find that people who want to build muscle and loose fat – that is 99% of males that enter the gym – make their task way more complicated than it should be by working themselves into a state of confusion about everything they listen to and read about muscle building and fat burning.
I can say with my hand on my heart that the reason most of these individuals are failing in their physique conquests is because they are talking, thinking and reading too much, and not doing nearly enough. Take two trainers, A and B, both are very enthusiastic:
A spends all his time reading all the literature on fitness that he can on muscle building, researching, talking to peers and personal trainers when he does go the gym, he takes everything he hears as gospel truth is unable to develop a consistent workout plan because he keep changing his mind about what ‘works’
B doesn’t pay much attention to any fitness publications in the media, instead of spending his time reading an in-depth study about whether or not you can emphasize the lower chest by doing decline bench presses, he gets in the gym, and works his ass off. He doesn’t worry about if what he’s doing was endorsed in the latest issue of muscle and fitness, or panic when he realizes he’s forgotten his protein shake.
Of these two types of trainer, B is poised to make quicker, more impressive gains. This is because trainer A’s body does not recognize that he spends hours research what ‘the best form of whey protein is’. B simply gets in the gym, moves some iron around, shocks his muscles, then goes home and eats some meat. While he could improve in some areas by swatting up on nutrition and work out plans, he is far more likely to make progress than A who over-thinks things.
Because of this restrictive mindset, trainer A will always find it hard to get out the blocks because he is so indecisive. I can tell you right now that success in the gym is not based on what you do (the types of exercises) but how often you do it. A consistent trainer doing 3×8 all the time will always trump the trainer that does powerlifting-type training for a week then switches to crossfit. The bottom line: Don’t worry, get in the gym, do your stuff, get out, swat up if you have time, love training.
Joe is an experienced personal trainer and is currently working as a freelance copywriter for a company that sells cheap washing machines . You can follow him on twitter @ joe__johnson__
Losing weight has been made more fun these days. With many types of routines combined into a basic work out, one can be able to shed pounds for a little time. Within two months or so, one can see his body slimmer and muscles developed to its fullest. Two popular work-out routines which are competing for the being the “toughest” and most effective weight loss program is the Insanity and P90X. The Insanity vs P90X war has been going on from some time, and experts are raving about this competition to see which one is the best workout among all.
Primarily, it is advantageous to look at these two routines. One can only decide which the best is as both of the routines are different in their own. They have special sets of exercises and strategies that has been studied and proven effective by many exercise experts. If you are among those who are looking for a good work-out routine, you might want to try either of these. Read on below, and find out which one suits you best.
Insanity work-out is a 60-day routine which involves two phases. First is the basic phase where the body learns to acquire the exercises. The second level is more extreme, hence named as the “Max” level. In this stage, intense work-outs are made. Insanity routines involve cardio, balance, plyometrics, calisthenics, and other sports drills. There are about ten different work-outs, and each session runs from 45 minutes to an hour and fifteen minutes. The good thing about this strategy is that no equipments are needed. One will only use his body balance and weight for each session.
P90X is a three month program that is divided into three different phases. Each phase includes a cool down period where one’s body is meant to recuperate from any change of work-outs during the whole period. P90x includes 12 workouts, ranging from resistance routines to cardio and then finally to yoga. This means that routines involve the whole body, and must be practiced for six days in a week. Opposite of the Insanity, P90x requires equipments such as weights, resistance bands and a pull up bar for stretches.
The Insanity vs P90X have different ways of manipulating one’s body into its fuller strength. Insanity requires great physical preparations, for it begins in an intense pace. Warm ups are also necessary to follow; being flexible is needed for anyone who chooses this routine. P90x however, requires greater commitment as it takes a longer time to finish. The preferences of the person who wants to get into these exercises are prioritized. One can choose between an extreme overdrive in exercising; or a longer, gradual, longer session that needs more willpower.
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Exercise and Wellness – Dual Action Cleanse
How important is exercise and wellness? Well let me tell you an amazing and astounding statistic. An average American watches around three and a half hours of television every day. That sums up to an average of nine full calendar years spent in front of the television set. Coupled with many other non-physical activities that we engage in most of our time, this results in diseases, back pains and what not and it is our body that suffers.
Some form of exercise, if done regularly, helps boost the metabolism. This leads to a strong immune system and releasing of harmful toxins in to the bloodstream, which are later shipped out of the body in the form of sweat.
If this is not enough, then consider this. Regular exercise helps promote wellness by help control stress, high cholesterol, cardiovascular disease, sleep apnea, decreased energy, moodiness and others. In other words, exercise is the best way to live healthy and happy for the rest of your life.