In the year of 2019, I am in control of what I do, how I eat and how I stay fit by working in the fitness industry as a Certified Personal Trainer helping others to achieve their personal and fitness goals. Looking back, 8 years ago when I decided to start working out I had no idea what to do or where I wanted to achieve. I just knew I wanted to get strong biceps, a huge chest and ripped abs. I had no idea how to structure my workouts to get myself to where I wanted to be but I started by working out 7 days a week with the same workout every day full of energy.
As a beginner, I was at the gym every day and was full of motivation until my body stopped progressing. Everything I did was working perfectly before even though I was doing the same thing I did every day but my limit exceeded. Day after day I kept looking at my progression in the mirror and just felt like I wasn’t heading in the direction I wanted. Without any rest and proper training, I also started to lose hope and lack motivation. That was when I found out I had to take a step out of my comfort zone and try something different.
I started eating more meals, started tracking and recording my weights and reps for my workouts, I started thinking about what areas I wanted to work on and I started resting when my body felt like it needed a break. By adding all these little tweaks into my routine I started seeing results again, finally seeing everything tighten up really boosted my confidence. Even now when I lose progress or motivation at times, I make sure these principles are still part of my fitness lifestyle and to make sure I keep listening to my body!
Here are some easy tips for progression I wish I knew before I started my fitness journey:
- Making a note of weight, rest, and sets for each workout so I can see my progression over time.
- Aim for quality, not quantity (weight and rep range to be able to complete exercise with great form)
- Play with Tempo while working out and give your body proper rest times after each set and rounds (Slow the tempo down and remember to squeeze!)