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Post 26: Are You Ready To Give Up The Gym?

Hey, it is that time again. This is the time when people start losing momentum in the gym. It happens every year and it never seems to change. Hopefully this isn’t happening to you.

  • Things suddenly come up and interrupt your workout.
  • Things suddenly come up and you cancel your workout.
  • The weather is too cold/snowy/wet/dark to go to the gym.
  • The gym is too crowded.
  • You are getting bored doing the same workout.
  • You feel like you are coming down with something, so you stay home.
  • Not satisfied with your progress, so you are ready to give up.
  • You have figured out that you really don’t like working out.

Well….DON’T GIVE UP! I can’t help the people who are reading other blogs and give up.  They may be getting bad advice. They need help but I can’t be everywhere. But you, you are reading this blog and you may be in agreement with one or two of the statements above. So I am focusing my attention on you and we are going to try and fix this issue. Now once we fix this issue, please use social media to spread this around to help those other people.

So clear some space on your sofa because I am going to sit down beside you and share 5 important workout rules. Understand these rules and you will catch your second wind.  I am a simple trainer who is in charge of getting my clients in shape. My people get results because they work hard and they get good advice. We take time for granted. Use your workout time correctly and you will get better results in less time. You may even grow to like this.

1. It is easy to workout when you want to.
    If fitness was easy, everyone would be in shape. If you feel like working out and go have a workout, have you really tested yourself? No. You learn about yourself and gain self-knowledge and discipline when you workout when you don’t want to. And you will also get your best workouts. Then you get results. Consistency.  That is the trick. Next time you want to cancel your workout, ask yourself ” is this a test”? Don’t wimp out on workouts.

2. You get your results at the end of the set.

     The value to doing a a set is never in the first couple of reps. It is always how far you push yourself at the end. If you don’t understand this, you will never get the results you want. Whether you are tied to doing a set number of reps or if you flinch at pain, you have to get over it. The set is done when you can’t do another rep. Even then, I have techniques I use to push beyond it. But for the sake of argument, you know you can push each set a little harder. Should you take every set to failure? No. Once you are warmed up, make sure you go to failure at least once per body part.

3. The gym is not at fault.

Don’t blame the gym. The gym is there to enroll members and stay in business. Most gym trainers will give you average workouts and workout routines because, well, most people are average and they deal in volume. Buyer beware. Don’t rely on anyone to do 100% of the work for you when it comes to working out and nutrition. There is more than enough good information out there for you to educate yourself on fitness. Not to mention that there are a bunch of places to work out. A gym is what first comes to mind but you can also look at Crossfit facilities and, of course, your house. Try them and draw your own conclusions.
I provide a specialized service to my clients and I can charge more because of it. If you have the means, you may want to look into in home personal training.
Second, if the gym is too crowded, too hot, too cold, plays the wrong music, doesn’t have the right equipment….too bad. Work around it, go at a different time or join another gym. Any gym changes character throughout the day. The personality of the crowd changes and the energy levels change. Learn to workout at home. The point is to not let little inconveniences derail you.

4. Never take more than 1 day off at a time.

   Nothing wrong with a day off. 2 days off starts a trend and it is much harder to go back in the gym after two days. Three is worse. Whatever you need to do, never take more than one day off. Trust me on this.
5. Have a go to workout always handy.
    This is a back pocket workout. I have one and I am going to give you the one I give to my clients. A back Pocket workout is when you only have 15-20 minutes and can’t get to a gym. This can be done anywhere and is hard enough to count as a workout. Adjust as needed. By that I mean make it harder if you want. Never make it easier but I don’t have to tell you that.

  • Do this with good form but quickly. 
  • Take a break at the end of the circuit if you need to or go into the next round.
  • Always do the number of reps. Even if you have to break the set into several smaller sets.

25 Squats
25 push-ups
25 Knees to elbows. ( Doing a crunch and a reverse crunch at the same time. )

Do this 4 rounds as quickly as you can.

Good, we are done here. I hope you took something away from this and as always, thank you for reading this. Comments are appreciated and if you liked this pass it on.

Visit me at http://www.mfactorfitness.comMedvig is a personal trainer and owner of M Factor Fitness Inc., an in home personal training company in Parker Colorado. This blog represents opinions on fitness. Do your own research and draw your own conclusions. All information and materials on this site are provided as is and without warranty of any kind. These materials (including all text, images, logos, compilation, and design, unless otherwise noted) are copyright 2001-2010 M Factor Fitness Inc. All rights reserved. Copyright 2001-2010 M Factor Fitness Inc. All rights reserved. |

Post 20: 12 Ways To Get In Shape For 2012

Here is to a new year. Every year there are thousands of people that have a New Years resolution to drop fat, tone up and get in the best shape of their life. I wish them the best. In fact, I am going to giving you a list from a personal trainer’s perspective on how to do this. Follow this and you will reach your goals. The more points you ignore, the greater your change of failure. It is the new year and I have things to do, so this list will be short and to the point, as should your workouts.  Please email me with any questions.

  1. Workout 6 days a week. 5 at the absolute minimum.
  2. Never take more than one day off in a row. The more time you take off, the harder it is to get back in the groove.
  3. Whatever your goal is, include weightlifting. This can be body weight exercises, dumbbells or machines. Preferably as little machine work as possible. Concentrate on free weights and bodyweight.  The are more effective and they work on the critically important stabilizer muscles.
  4. Write down what you are going to eat for the day. This will help with discipline.
  5. Write down what you actually eat. This is the most important nutrition tip you will ever get.
  6. If you haven’t worked out, take it easy for the first 2 weeks. This will ease you into a routine, prevent injuries and help strengthen the tendons and ligaments.
  7. Start increasing the intensity after two weeks. I don’t want you to be sore everyday but I need you to feel like you worked out. This is a good indicator of your effort.
  8. Cut the carbs. People are fat because they eat too many carbs. Eat one serving of protein and one carb every meal. Don’t worry about calories.
  9. Eat Breakfast. Always.
  10. Take your day off when you need it. That is when you are wiped out and your body is telling you to take a day off.
  11. You never need to work out for more than 1 hour at a time. if you can’t get it in in 60 minutes, you are not working fast enough.
  12. Always stretch for 5-10 minutes everyday especially after the workout. You will avoid many aches and pains by doing this. Don’t walk like Frankenstein the next day. Keep your muscles and joints loose.

Bonus tip: Serious training leads to serious results. This is work. Your efforts will pay off if you train consistently and follow the above. As a personal trainer in Colorado, my clients who see the most success follow these steps. It doesn’t whether you are a man or woman. It doesn’t matter how old you are. It doesn’t matter what diet you want to follow. Follow these steps and you have your guideline to stay in shape the rest of your life.

 I want to thank everyone for reading these blogs. I wish you the best,
 Michael

Visit me at http://www.mfactorfitness.com Michael Medvig is a personal trainer and owner of M Factor Fitness Inc., an in home personal training company in Parker Colorado. This blog represents opinions on fitness. Do your own research and draw your own conclusions. All information and materials on this site are provided as is and without warranty of any kind. These materials (including all text, images, logos, compilation, and design, unless otherwise noted) are copyright 2001-2010 M Factor Fitness Inc. All rights reserved. Copyright 2001-2010 M Factor Fitness Inc. All rights reserved. |

Quickie Body Weight Workouts

Quickie Bodyweight Workouts are essential to getting in shape.

Why?

Because having quick workouts you can do without equpiment bridges the gap betweena full workout session and missing your training.

It is too easy to skip your training because you:

  • Don’t have enough time.
  • The gym is too far away.
  • The weather is bad.
  • It is too late.
  • It is too early

Everybody knows these excuses because everyone, including myself have used them.

So think of the quickie workout as a bridge between what you had planned and doing nothing.

Actually these workouts can be brutally hard if you push yourself.

So push yourself.

These are some screenshots taken from my online training program.

My online training allows you to train anywhere and anytime!

Beginner BodyWeight Workout

 

Quickie 1A

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Intermediate Bodyweight workout

Quickie 1B

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Advanced Bodyweight workout

Quickie 1C

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • free app download.
  • A bunch of different workouts
  • Over 100 exercises with HD video
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