Fitness Solutions for Life’s Curve Balls
No Excuses: How to Overcome Hidden Barriers to Training Success.
Be warned! There’s a hidden epidemic of complacency that’s holding you back from achieving your full fitness potential. If, like many others, you’re content to overlook the many subtle barriers to training progress that are part and parcel of daily living then it’s time to sharpen up. It’s time to make some wholesale changes to your current regimen.
Of all the potential barriers to fitness and bodybuilding success, it’s the inevitable and insidious daily interruptions that conspire to sidetrack our efforts that are often the worst. Just when we feel we are on top of things, life has a habit of intervening and forcing us to take a step or two backward, making the gains we so ardently desire that much more difficult to achieve. We may then be forced to compromise when it comes to achieving our fitness objectives, the worst possible scenario for seekers of steady progress.
We may then be forced to compromise when it comes to achieving our fitness objectives.
If you find yourself struggling to make your fitness schedule run perfectly to plan and, let’s face it, most of us fit snugly into this category, you will understand the frustration that accompanies even the smallest snags in your daily routine. But daily inconveniences are often unavoidable. Yet, as frustrating as they invariably can be, you must not let them compromise your mission.
There are certain things in life that are beyond our control. Yet, staying true to our training mission is a non-negotiable that is as much about dealing with inconveniences and unforeseen circumstances as it is to do with successfully navigating the things we can control.
So we must be prepared for all eventualities. We must be ready to adapt and overcome when our best laid plans go awry.
The following four daily scenarios have the potential to derail our training efforts. We could be like most people and let them defeat us. Or we could choose to take advantage of each and use them to further optimize our results. If you’re in the latter camp, keep reading.
1. No Time to Nuke
As a devoted trainee, your body craves at regular intervals the nutrients needed to keep your anabolic machinery on point. As such, you must never let yourself become hungry, as this is a sure sign that your muscles are not getting the fuel needed to perform and grow to their fullest potential. There should be no waiting to eat. You must be prepared.
For serious lifters, proper meal timing is essential. If you find yourself, a dedicated trainee, lining-up at the microwave with valuable minutes ticking by, you’ll know the true meaning of frustration. As a fitness enthusiast you’ll need to eat upwards of 5-6 meals per day. Each meal is likely to be of a similar caloric composition. But each meal need not be prepared in the exact same way. This is where proper planning is essential.
why are you standing in line and forgoing the calories you need?
What’s in your lunch bag? Does your next meal not require heating? If this is the case, then why are you standing in line and forgoing the calories you need on time, every time?
When having to wait for your food, save the cold chicken breast for when the kitchen is less congested. Rather, it would be wiser to consume a delicious ALLMAX CASEIN-FX shake. Ultra-sustained release, the 25 grams of complete protein contained in CASEIN-FX, complete with a blend of digestive enzymes to enhance its absorption and bioavailability, will keep your muscles anabolic right up to the next meal, and beyond.
With only one gram of sugar and 2.5 g of fat, you’ll be getting none of the definition obscuring calories contained in a typical lunch meal. Add in a piece of fruit and couple of rice cakes and you’ll have a meal that can be consumed with a minimum of fuss and effort. And you’ll not have to waste valuable time waiting in line to nuke your food.
2. No More Waiting to Train
It appears that 99.7% of the population trains between 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. If you are one such eager iron pumper you know what it feels like to have to wait. Waiting is wasteful. Indeed, the time spent waiting for equipment could be better spent crafting that oh-so-perfect six-pack. Yes, long breaks are detrimental to training success. Yet few of us will ever get to enjoy the luxury of having the gym all to ourselves.
99.7% of the population trains between 4 p.m. and 8 p.m
So rather than standing around (our muscles getting colder by the second and our motivation gradually diminishing) we should maximize our training time in other ways. And if you absolutely have to wait then there are a few things you can do to maintain mental alertness and focus before it’s your turn to hit the steel.
While waiting, you could adopt the staggered sets approach so favored by the iron pumpers of old. For example, while waiting for the much-coveted bench press you could crank out a set of standing calf raises and continue in this fashion for 3-4 total sets. Your chest, shoulders and triceps will receive the attention they need while your calves (a weak point for many) will also get some much-needed stimulation.
staggered sets approach so favored by the iron pumpers of old
If in a shredding phase you could throw in a little cardio (skipping or stepping work for 1-2 minutes per burst will work well) to keep your heart rate elevated and fat burning steady.
By taking a pre-workout supplement such as H:VOL you’ll also be much better equipped to stay focused and ready for the next hard set. In supplying 500 mg of tyrosine to increase mental alertness while you train, along with a host of additional performance enhancing compounds,
H:VOL will have you eager to make the most of your time in the gym
H:VOL will have you eager to make the most of your time in the gym: the time spent on planned training and the time you would normally spend waiting for equipment.
3. Traffic Tantrums
Taking a superior pre-workout supplement such as IMPACT Igniter will have alerted you to the fact that training success is largely contingent upon the proper timing of quality nutrients. The extent to which we control the ingestion of performance nutrients is directly proportional to the benefits to be derived from such nutrients.
the proper timing of quality nutrients
Traffic, however, is something we often have little control over, especially during rush hour. If you find yourself stuck in traffic en route to the gym, you may have been tempted to engage in a little road rage as your pre-workout begins to kick in, a rage that continues to intensify as the moron in front of you continues to talk on his phone while the light continues to flash green. What can we do to counter this dire circumstance?
The obvious solution here is to choose a different route to the gym, train at a different time, or, failing either of these, stay calm and visualize your upcoming session. Don’t waste your valuable pre-workout, especially one as effective as IMPACT IGNITER, on the inevitable stressful consequences of traffic congestion.
You could also switch up your supplements by taking an intra-workout BCAA stack. In doing so you’ll induce maximum muscle growth while you train. Combine this with a non-stimulant based pre-workout such as the gold standard H:VOL and you’ll be less likely to stew in traffic.
Switch up you supplements by taking an intra-workout BCAA stack
One of the most convenient intra-workout supplements on today’s market, AMINOCORE will give you plenty of training energy while keeping muscle protein synthesis on point for the duration of your workout. Convenient AMINOCORE stick-packs can be tossed into your gym bag and consumed as you go. Save the heavy duty pre–workout formulations for when the drive is less cortisol-inducing.
4. Traffic Catabolism (Part 2)
For optimum muscle gains, it’s best to consume high quality proteins and carbs with 45 minutes of training. This means you have a small window in which to nourish your muscles post-workout in order to fully optimize recovery and growth. And the sooner you ingest the protein component, the better. Nothing compromises results faster than a missed post-workout shake.
Do not make the mistake of waiting to get home before rendering your depleted muscles anabolic. By then it’ll probably be too late. Add traffic to the mix and the concomitant stress combined with the delay in feeding your hungry muscles will keep you from getting the gains you deserve.
ISOFLEX protein was created specifically for the convenient post-workout nourishment of protein-starved muscle tissue. ALLMAX Nutrition understands how important the post-workout period is when striving to stay anabolic. They have thus formulated one of the cleanest proteins on the market.
ISOFLEX is packed with 27 g of high quality protein and only 1 gram of sugar. It is also high in bone-building calcium and contains no aspartame, toxic compounds or inferior active ingredients so readily added to other post-workout protein products. Toss an ISOFLEX shake in your gym bag and enjoy it on your drive home.
Staying the Course
Even with sound preparation and a willingness to do all that is necessary to achieve our training mission, our best training plans are so often laid to waste. But this need not be the case for you. Forget a lack of discipline, poor food choices and incorrect training methods: the biggest barrier to workout success is life itself.
the biggest barrier to workout success is life itself
We do not live in a perfect world where perfectly devised schedules run perfectly to plan each and every perfect time. In fact, the converse is true. We must all change direction from time to time. We must all adapt to unforeseen circumstances. But how many of us truly adapt?
It’s our ability and willingness to adapt and find new ways of overcoming fitness training obstacles that will more than likely determine our ultimate success. The above-listed alternatives will serve you well as a starting point for future success. But be ever on the lookout for additional time wasters and circumstances that may keep you from experiencing your true potential.
Make the most of every second of every day. Indeed, when training for continuous gains, each moment we are breathing is an opportunity to move closer to the realization of our goals. The choice is yours: get caught up in the uncertainty of life, or adapt, overcome and achieve!