Everyday I hear about the greatest and latest fitness program guaranteed to achieve amazing results. What is fascinating is that people have been thin and healthy for years. Has anybody considered doing what we already know works? I once talked a lady about her program which she got from her friend. I asked if her friend was in shape and she said no. She had never considered it before that she gets her fitness and weight loss information from other people struggling with their weight and dismisses everything lean people have to say.
There are many different training programs that do work for building muscle and burning fat. Though what even most trainers don’t realize that all good programs come down to certain basic principles. What is also important to know is that your body adapts to your workout so no matter how wonderful it is now if we don’t change your workout every 4-6 weeks your results stop no matter how much time you spend in the gym or how many calories you burn.
The other key that most people miss with the latest fat workout is that people are different. Different genetics, different lifestyles, different training history, and more all change how a person adapts to any program. The perfect program is always one that is tweaked based on performance and results. Also, important in your training program is nutrition supplements. Do you take them or do you not? The top trainers at Athletes Performance where the top professional sports stars train believe that supplements are part of your nutrition plan and they aren’t even a decision. Though which ones you take from Animal Cuts to NO Xplode all change the results you get with your program.
As it relates to bodybuilding, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Lee Haney became Mr. Olympia training by conventional multi set training regiments. Others have used many different training programs and even different diets.
You have to take all things into consideration when choosing your fitness program. You will find though that the basics listed below are always present in any program that consistently gets results and isn’t smoke and mirrors.
How to Burn Fat
Diet is the most important aspect when it comes to burning fat. It doesn’t matter what your workout is until you are eating properly. Any successful diet no matter what the claim comes down to raising your metabolism. Only from your metabolism burning more calories on a daily basis will you ever burn fat. The biggest key to matter what you chose for food is 5 small meals. Eating every 2-3 hours is the only way for your body to burn fat and shut off your fat storing mechanisms. By the way low carb only take water out of you for weight loss which how they do it so fast.
Fat Burning Cardio Workouts
How many people do you see walking on treadmills for hours burning that magical 3500 calories? Thirty five hundred calories equals one pound of fat, so in theory if you burn 3500 calories you would lose a pound of fat. The reality is do you see thinner walkers or runners? The answer is runners obviously. Aerobic activity still comes back to raising your metabolism and it is the rate at which you burn calories not the total amount that improves your metabolism. In other words it comes down to intensity. Interval training which is high intensity cardio followed by short durations of low intensity and then repeated trains your body to burn more fat 24 hrs a day than any other form.
Intensity and Duration
The biggest error so many people make is they are always going longer or doing more and never going harder. Just like cardio intensity is the key with strength training as well. Everything still comes down to raising your metabolism. The only way to improve your metabolism is to challenge it, and just going longer doesn’t do that. The biggest and lean muscular guys I know only train for a half hour a day not the Joe Average 2 hours. For that half hour though they are serious and intense, and then they are out.
How to Build Tone
Tone really means lean muscle tissue. So you have to do two things build lean muscle tissue and burn away the fat. Women always think they should do light weight a bunch of times. The reality it is intensity again. Bodybuilding and building large muscle mass is about volume means doing tons of total exercises and reps. The strongest and leanest people lift intense with very little volume. The power lifters which are the strongest people are half the size of bodybuilders. All the women looking for tone take a few exercises and train hard. Your 100 lunges is actually making your butt bigger.
You Have to Progress Your Workouts
Your body improves by adapting, so once your body has adapted to your workout you need to make your workout more challenging. I am always amazed at how many people are still doing the same workout 3 years later and claiming well it worked for me 3 years ago. It is like yes it worked when it was new to your body.
Supplements Improve your Performance
Supplements are designed to do that supplement not replace healthy eating. With the stress and demands we put on our body with more than just exercise proper nutrition though supplementation is a must. The essential is the multivitamin like Animal Pak. It is amazing how many people spend hundreds of dollars a month taking bodybuilding products only to see no results because they lack the basic nutrition their body needs to run optimally and remove harmful toxins. Meal replacements like Zero Carb MRP give you the healthy fuel you need to make it easier to eat your five small meals.
If you look back at any successful training program or diet you were on you will always find that they had these key aspects involved. Just a reminder training intense doesn’t mean no pain no gain it just means you are going to challenge your body to respond.