Going to the gym? Check out these tips

  1. Don’t go to the gym to socialise: I have walked into the gym many a time to find people in groups standing around talking, or guys trying to pick up that chick on the treadmill. If you’re socialising at the gym then you’re not working out and you’re wasting your time. Hang out at a coffee shop or something.
  2. You should know when to rest: Many people think more is simply better, more hours at the gym, more supplements, and more weight. But more is not always better, you should be able to listen to your body, rest is one of the key components of building muscle. You should start off by getting at least 7 hours of sleep every night. Listen to your body; take a day off for every 2 days of training. You will definitely see an increase in energy and growth.
  3. Supplement even on off days: Your supplementation regime should not take a day off, it should simply be modified. You should supplement with whey protein on off days, you don’t necessarily have to use creatine. Remember that it is during your rest period that your muscles repair themselves and they need help to do so. The best help they can get is protein.
  4. Alcohol consumption is a big no: partying hard and going hard in the gym do not go together. Alcohol slows muscle growth. Enough said!
  5. Go hard: always challenge yourself. Your body is clever and will adapt to routine workouts. You must keep it fresh by either, increasing your weights, changing the number of reps or sets or doing completely different exercises every time you work out.
  6. Mental strength: Just as you need to keep your body in shape you also need to keep your mind in shape. 90% of the battle is in your mind. Train hard and stay focused.
  7. Walk the talk: this one is simple, don’t just talk about it, do it. Join the gym, change your diet, and work hard.
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About Shaun That Awesome Guy

Husband to the most beautiful woman, Man of honour, Gym enthusiast, Artist, Man of Steel, That Awesome Guy.
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4 Responses to Going to the gym? Check out these tips

  1. Paul says:

    Hey Shaun.

    Interesting blog; keep up the good work!

    Some sound advice here, for sure; particularly your opening couple of points about socializing and knowing when to rest. So many people “just show up” at the gym, stand around chatting, and throw in the odd set or two of exercise. You should be at the gym to work out, no? And work out hard, at that!

    The one point I have some contention with is #4 … and not just because I like a drink or two! The relationship between alcohol consumption and “lack of gains” or “slowed progress” is somewhat of a myth, or at least largely misrepresented. Consuming alcohol in moderation does not impair hypertrophy or increase fat retention (directly); it’s the reduced inhibition associated with intoxication that accounts for most of the issues with alcohol consumption. i.e. have a few beers, get hungry and eat a burger… or eat a couple of bags of chips with the beer during game time.

    Martin Berkhan gives the details of the science to that fact, here: http://www.leangains.com/2010/07/truth-about-alcohol-fat-loss-and-muscle.html

    Stay healthy!

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    • Hey Paul, thank you for taking the time to read my post and thank you for the comment. I concede, perhaps i was too harsh with the tip concerning alcohol and gains. Moderate consumption of alcohol should be fine.

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      • Paul says:

        Absolutely nothing to concede, just a nit-pic for common misconception. To be honest, if you were going to advise one way or the other, restraint is a safer hedge — people tend to take advice literally and often to extremes. Better to abstain than to get bladdered every night!

        Keep up the good work!

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