You are going to the gym day after day, working out to the max. You changed your diet completely. And still, nothing seems to work. Kilograms are going off so slow. Muscles are not as visible as you want them to be.
Don’t despair! We have ten simple tips for you to get the perfect body you always dreamed of. If you are already committed, and you already changed your diet and you’re working out, this won’t be so hard for you.
And still, these little changes can help you to get great results very quickly and keep you motivated to achieve all your goals.
Lift weights to increase the elasticity. If you are doing the full movement during your strength training, you can, at the same time, increase the strength and elasticity of muscles and connective tissue.
Exercises such as lunges and squats can raise your performance levels in the gym and on the sports field better than any static stretching.
Drink milk. In the past few years, many have advised not to drink a lot of milk since it has a large percentage of fat and a large number of calories.
All of this can be easily avoided. Drink low-fat milk, and you have the cheapest, simplest, and most efficient shakes available to you.
Next to large enough amount of calories, milk also contains whey and casein two proteins that the body absorbs at a different speed. This combination is good enough to induce muscle growth after the workout.
Hold the bigger weight on one side while exercising. When you are not working out at the gym, and you are forced to lift some weight, like boxes or bags, you rarely equalize the weight on both sides of your body.
So it makes perfect sense that you workout with asymmetrical weights. Especially when you are using dumbbells, when exercising with dumbbells, use dumbbells of different weights. Start with five to ten percent heavier weight on one side.
On the next training lift the heavier weight with the other hand. Unequal weights will force the muscle to work more to balance the weight, and that will induce accelerated growth of the muscle.
Make sure always to use the weight that you can lift with no risks of injury and that you can maintain the perfect form of movement while lifting it.
4. Bench press
When you are doing bench press, don’t lower the bar close to your chin; lower it on the body.
If you lower the bar to your body, you will have to engage lateral muscles, and those are the muscles that are essential for this exercise and also essential for lifting very heavy weights.
What’s also very important is to control the bar while lowering it, so you are not at risk of injuring yourself.
Don’t do cardio in the fat-burning zone. One of the oldest myths in fitness is that you burn the largest amount of fat if you manage to speed up your heart rate to a certain level and to keep it accelerated for a certain amount of time.
Thas it totally wrong. This theory is based on the fact that low-intensity workouts burn a bigger percentage of calories out of fat than high-intensity workouts that as fuel mostly use the supplies of carbs.
That is just a higher percentage of a smaller number. Just think about it. The activity of the lowest intensity is laying on the couch, which means that calories that you are burning while just laying on the couch come primarily from fat.
But since you are in total burning such a small number of calories, it’s highly unlikely that you can call this an efficient method for burning fat.
That’s why you need to do high-intensity intervals and lift weights. Maybe you will not burn such a high percentage of fat compared to carbs, but you will definitely burn a more significant number of calories, which will eventually lead to burning more fat.
When doing squats, go a bit lower than a position that gets you parallel to the floor. I know this is not really a recommendation of many personal trainers, but the research shows that the lower the squats, the lesser is the chance for you to get injured.
Ask any orthopedist when the knee is least stable, and they will tell you it is at an angle of ninety degrees, and that is when your thighs are parallel to the floor.
Add to that the fact that since the movement is of a lesser range during a parallel squat, you can use heavier weights, which additionally increases the risk of an injury.
Eat yolks. Eggs are the food that is the richest in nutrients. They contain vitamins and minerals like vitamin E, zinc, and iron; they also provide a large number of essential amino acids.
Egg yolk indeed contains between four and five grams of fats, but those are mostly saturated fats.
Egg yolk also contains choline, a substance that dissolves the fat and helps with the regeneration of cellular membranes in almost every cell in the body.
All the food you eat gives signals to the body to either burn the fat or to pile it up. The food we eat creates a powerful chemical reaction in our bodies. This especially applies to insulin.
One of the most important things with weight loss is not to allow the insulin levels to be too high at any time of day.
You can succeed in this by having a diet that is rich in fiber and poor in sugar. At the same time, high insulin levels can be beneficial straight before the training when the body needs protein.
Insulin can transport protein very efficiently to the muscles, which leads to a faster recovery after the training and better muscle growth.
9. Weights instead Of cardio
Instead of doing cardio at the end of your workout, do weight training. Try doing continuous sets with a bar without breaks in between the exercises.
This way, not only that you will burn more calories than you would burn while running on a treadmill you will also reduce the risk of your body using the muscle tissue as fuel which is the risk that comes with any cardio activity.
This kind of workout works similarly to intervals since it activates a large number of muscles and stimulates the body to use more fat during and after the workout.
Use only the weights you can lift in the easiest exercise in the sets and repeat all between three and ten times, depending on your physical fitness.
10. Isolation Exercises
Don’t always train the largest muscle groups. Muscles do not work alone, so if you can’t do an exercise, you planned to do with a certain weight.
The cause can be a smaller muscle in that muscle group that is not strong enough. So train smaller muscles first, and that will help to strengthen the entire muscle group.
The tips we gave you are not difficult to implement in your existing training program and will help you a lot in achieving your goals. In the end, it is all up to you and the determination you have to better yourself.