Starting a plan:
The easiest way to stay on track is to have a S.M.A.R.T. Goal:
Competitors and bodybuilders have figured this out and that is how the standard competition prep is set up. So, even if you aren’t planning to compete you can “Train like a bikini competitor” to get great results and stay motivated! This article gives you Specific instructions and your success can be Measured on how well you stick to it. Every competitor uses this model (and they are no better than you) so it’s Attainable and Realistic. Lastly, it’s Timely at only lasting 12 weeks (Which is 84 hours in the gym, or 4 seasons of your favorite show on Netflix).
Find new exercises:
The second you let yourself get bored or stop seeing results in the gym is the exact same second you will lose all motivation. The best way to keep things interesting and keep making improvements is to look for new exercises. Since you can look at any magazine rack and see new “Booty Busting Moves” here is a simple way to mix things up for Back and Bi’s:
Protein, Protein, Protein. Simple enough…but sometime’s that is too simple. If you are getting tired of the egg whites and plain oatmeal every morning here are some delicious but equally as protein packed alternatives:
Check you form:
The most common type of cardio, running, has gotten a lot of attention in recent years from Sports Medicine specialists. A team of musculoskeletal researchers recently decided to tackle the bare-foot/rear-foot/front-foot/how-the-heck-do-I-know running style debate.
Every active person can agree that lower-body injuries and acute pains are the most impactful once they occur because it hinders both exercise and everyday life. I know, we are ALL tired of hearing random people in the gym try to critique each other’s squat form… Unfortunately, that debate hasn’t ended yet BUT we do have an answer to the striking style debate:
What part of your foot hits DOESN’T matter in injury rates, what does matter is your tibia angle. For the least amount of harmful force on your joints and bones you want a larger angle of your foot to shin on impact. Typically, this would correlate with running on the balls of your feet (fore-front strikers) but if you are a heel striker (rear-foot) then simply making sure your foot it hitting the ground infront of you instead of directly under you will reduce your risk of injury in the same way.
Quick Reference Guide:
It’s not as if us girls need to prove ourselves in the gym any more than we already do when we show up and throw more 45’s up than the guy trying to spot us in the squat rack, but in case some macho head tries to make you feel dumb for not knowing his urban dictionary Brolanguage here is a quick guide to all the gym slang currently in circulation:
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