5 Success Tips for the Weight Training Novice
Weight training has been the foundation of my workout regimen since I began at the young age of 15. Back then however, I had very little guidance and no formal training. If I took the time to educate myself in the beginning, I would’ve made much quicker gains in a shorter period of time. “If I knew then what I know now” kinda thing. To help you avoid the same pitfalls, here are 5 crucial tips to ensure your weight training program is a success.
1. Change Your Eating Habits
Look at that! We haven’t even gotten to the gym yet and the first order of business is to change your eating habits. You’ll hear this from me and other fitness professionals time and time again like a broken record – if your body goals involve burning fat and building muscle, proper nutrition is the only natural way to compliment your exercise program.
To ensure progress sculpting your physique, make a commitment to yourself to change your eating habits. When it comes to food, weight training is unique in that the TIMING of when you eat and the KIND of food you eat has such a huge impact on how much muscle mass you gain and how efficiently you trim fat. The sooner you incorporate the proper meal plan for your fitness goals, the sooner you’ll achieve them. Ideally, you want to create a nutritional blueprint for yourself before you even begin your first workout.
2. Be Patient
Accept the fact that to achieve a lean, well-built, healthy physique…it might take a while. Burning fat can happen in days. Building muscle on the other hand is more fascinating because it can be stacked on for a long time…we’re talking years! This is why you must understand that it’s not an overnight process, not naturally anyway. Slow and steady wins the race. I made a lot of mistakes in the past like over-training, mainly because I wasn’t patient enough to understand the nuances. Building muscle, losing fat, reshaping your body and learning how you respond to different kinds of food takes time. That’s OK though…the best fat burning, muscle-building plans are built for lifelong results!
3. Hold Yourself Accountable
This will be a Lifestyle…meaning it’s permanent. Your brain will be the muscle requiring the most exercise. EMBRACE the fact that there’s going to be a lot of hard work ahead of you. Working out for a well-built physique means going to the gym on a regular basis, adapting to difficult exercises, and tearing up muscle from head to toe as a result. All that pain and discomfort is what makes it all come together. 😉
Although you look “pumped” in the gym (hypertrophy), that’s when you’re actually grabbing the nail and chiseling the body down. It’s only when the workout is over, at rest, that you’re burning fat and building muscle. If you don’t give your body enough rest in between sessions, you won’t recover quickly enough. Depending on the level of intensity, it is highly recommended to give any muscle group you have exercised at least 24-48 hours of rest. MAKE SURE YOU SLEEP AT LEAST 7-8hrs A NIGHT. Sometimes, more intense workout sessions require even longer periods of rest. You’ll only get leaner, stronger, and more conditioned every time you go back to the gym if you allow yourself enough recovery time.
5. Keep Your Eye On The Prize
It’s simple. You already know that feeling like the leanest, strongest, healthiest version of yourself MUST be nothing short of amazing. Keep this version of yourself in mind every single day, in EVERYTHING you do. The results of consistency will fuel this drive. When you finally get there, you won’t just look into a mirror and see a weight loss goal or a body measurement you’ve achieved, but a reflection of your brand new self.
What inspired you to begin weight training? Do you have motivators that keep you on track? Comment below…share your story!