Every year, a new group of people want to get in shape.
I love the idea behind “new year, new me” but there needs to be a few things that are said along with that like “learning how to cook,” “consistently train,” and “I don’t need a diet, I need a lifestyle change.”
Your physique is a direct result of your lifestyle. Going on a diet to lose 20 pounds sounds great, but why not change your lifestyle and lose 30 pounds and keep it off?
So these tips that I’m about to share with you are going to be pretty vital to your success this year, in regards to your health.
How do I know?
The things I’m about to list are things that myself and close friends mess up constantly, and we wonder why we can’t get the physique we want. We are all human, so if you put effort into these 10 tips for 2017, I promise you will have some great progress.
Top 10 Workout Tips For Your 2017
1.) Learn to cook
Learning to cook is number 1 for a reason. Being able to have complete control over your intake is important for performance and weight loss.
Take it from the horses mouth, simply switching from eating fast food to eating meals I prepare have completely changed my performance and overall well-being.
I plan on putting up some recipes that are easy to make. I’m not a professional cook so it will be tasty, cheap, and easy to make food, so be on the lookout for that.
2.) Learn consistency
Whatever your goal is – getting bigger, losing weight, getting stronger, whatever… you’re going to have to be consistent.
I’ve been telling people for years to find a workout routine and stick with it.
If it has any decent exercises in it and you consistently perform and progress with it, you’re going to reach your goals.
Consistently go to the gym, consistently eat right, consistently do your cardio. Whatever it is, do it consistently and reap the benefits.
3.) Don’t be afraid to push yourself
You’re going to have to put yourself in uncomfortable positions, do things that make you sweat, and you’ll probably puke or bleed at some point.
Don’t talk yourself out of your dreams because your chair or couch is more comfortable.
While George Leeman is a rare specimen, this type of dedication and work will absolutely get you the results you want:
Pull yourself out of that comfort zone and make something happen in 2017.
4.) It’s going to suck
For most of us, going to the gym, working out, and eating right are hard as hell.
Once you accept the fact that you are changing is for the better, things won’t suck as bad.
The getting sweat in your eyes and sore 2 days after your leg workout will be enjoyable one day.
5.) Remember where you started
That picture that you keep stashed from your heaviest weight, remember that.
Remember whatever caused you to make the decision to change and make a better life for yourself.
You’re going to need this when you wake up and really don’t want to do anything. You’ll need it when you want to eat that whole pizza or tub of ice cream.
Remember where you started from and don’t you dare let yourself get back to that.
6.) Learn proper form
While I am not a form nazi, it’s true that it is hard to fix bad habits.
Find what works best for your mechanics and run with it. If you start ego lifting and “testing your strength” too early, you’re going to develop some bad lifting habits that will keep you from progressing later on.
I had a bad form on deadlift that allowed the bar to drift some lifts and I was stuck at a 515 pound deadlift forever. I reset everything I would do, started back down near the 405 range, added speed work, and I bumped up to a 605 deadlift in about 6 months. Use your mechanics to your advantage.
7.) Supplements are made for supplementation, not as a band-aid
Supplementation is something I get asked a lot about and I have to tell you this: Supplements don’t fix a shit diet and bad training.
Supplements are just that, supplements. If the first question that you have is “what protein powder do I need?” You need to reassess and learn that this is going to take some lifestyle changes to accomplish anything worthwhile.
I will be writing many more supplement-related articles to help you find the right product for you, how to get the most out of it, and where are some good places to buy them.
8.) This is a lifestyle change
Like I’ve said above, you have to look at this as a lifestyle change. Your body is how it is because of your lifestyle.
Are you lazy? Do you like to eat a lot of bad food? Would you rather sleep an extra hour instead of going to the gym?
These are things that you need to change before you can notice any worthwhile changes that will stick. Anyone can lose 20lbs by starving themselves and burning off your muscle glycogen (water weight). Don’t let these fad diets fool you.
9.) Be a savage in the gym
Be a respectable savage in the gym. These guys that ego lift, grunt as loud as they can, and leave weights wherever the hell they want are fakers.
Be a savage in your head, tell yourself this is what you are going to do, and take charge of your life.
Don’t try to act like you’re making progress by grunting and getting everyone to look at you because of that. Work in silence and let them be floored when they see you in 6 months looking like a different person. Trust me, it works.
Once you start making progress in the gym, you’re going to learn what works for you and what doesn’t.
10.) Find what works best for you
Like I just said, find what works best for you and stick with it. Just because your friend’s cousin only eats this at this time and exercises at 5:35pm on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday… doesn’t mean it works for you.
Find the best form for you, find the foods that work best with your body, find the meal timing that you can do, and to hell with everything else.
The only way you can find what works for you is to be consistent and stick with it. Learning exactly what makes your body tick is what high-level athletes can do, and it’s something we all can learn with some time.
Keep a log for food, exercise, and anything else you’d like to track. Being able to look back and have evidence that this works for you will allow you to fine-tune your diet to your needs.
2016 is already gone, and I surely didn’t accomplish what I want to. Quit “waiting until Monday” to start, start right now and immediately take charge of your life.
I’m not saying you have to get rid of every pleasurable thing in your house, but what I am saying is you need to take responsibility for the choices you make. If you really want to succeed, you’ll make the necessary changes.
This is a journey so enjoy it. Don’t get caught up on the fact you “only went up 5lbs on bench” or “I only lost 2 pounds this week” because it is all irrelevant in the grand scheme of things.
Come take control of 2017 with me and lets reach some goals.