Best Tips For Starting & Sticking With A Physique Transformation
Starting a transformation program is easy. All you need to do is get a gym membership, look up a transformation program online and head to the weight room. Sticking with the transformation program is the hard part.
Most people join a gym as a New Year’s resolution but drop out when they don’t see results. In this process, they lose money, time, energy, and the motivation to re-join a gym in the future. These people will later tell you that they are not cut out for the fitness lifestyle. They couldn’t be farther from the truth. If you follow the ten tips mentioned in this article, you will step up from being an enthusiast to an athlete.
10 Pre-Requisites Of A Successful Transformation Program
1. Don’t Wait For Motivation
So, you have started working out because you saw your favorite actor sporting a six-pack in his latest movie, and you want to look just like him. We hate to be the ones breaking this to you, but you are probably going to give up on your dream physique soon – especially if your favorite actor is Christian Bale.
Joining a gym should never be an impulsive decision. On the other hand, you should not wait for motivation to strike either. A person’s motivation level goes up and down multiple times in a single day, and depending on it is a sure-shot way of failing.
If you want to have a successful transformation, you need to find an internal drive. Figure out why you want to transform your body, plan how you will do it, and act on it. That is it. That’s all it takes.
2. This Is Not A Race
Most people make the mistake of comparing their progress with other people. While Instagram can be a great place to seek inspiration, it can also be the biggest source of discouragement.
Fitness and lifting weights are not team sports. You are in it alone. No two people will have the same results even if they train, eat, and weigh the same. No matter how bad a shape you are in, all of us have to start somewhere and someday. Let today be that day for you.
3. Injuries Are No Excuse
Injuries are one of the most common excuses for not working out. Don’t get us wrong, if you are suffering from a serious condition and/or your doctor has explicitly asked you to stay away from resistance training, you should listen to him. But if muscle sprains and popping joints are your defense for not hitting the gym, you are not fooling anybody.
There are so many options out there for fitness activities that you can surely find a way to train around your injuries. If you are a beginner or an intermediate lifter, make sure you check in with a fitness professional, certified personal trainer, or physical therapist to find the right training routine for you.
4. Say Yes To Yourself
While you are on your transformation journey, there will be numerous times when your friends and family will ask you to skip the gym and come out for dinner with them. Your response will decide if you will be successful in crafting your dream physique.
Saying yes to yourself requires you to say no to opportunities that are not in your best interest. Get comfortable disappointing your friends and being called a buzz kill.
5. Train S.M.A.R.T.
No, we are not trying to dig into the train hard or smart debate. We want to make you believe in the power of S.M.A.R.T. goals.
- Specific – Your goals should look something like – “gain 10 pounds of muscle in the next six months”, “Lose 10 lbs in 12 weeks”.
- Measurable – Your goals should be quantifiable. Being the “best version of myself” is not a goal. It is a wish that only a genie can grant.
- Attainable – You have a choice – be realistic with your goal setting or come to terms with failing every time.
- Relevant – You have to set a goal that is in line with your body. Don’t try to be a marathon runner if you are a born sprinter.
- Time-Bound – If you don’t have deadlines in place, you will never be serious about your progress.
6. Age Is Just A Name On Your Driver’s License
Look around your gym, and you will probably find that majority of the people in your gym are between 18-40 years old. Most people consider an out-of-shape body to be a side-effect of age. This excuse is nothing more than people trying to cover up their lethargy.
Arnold Schwarzenegger, Dorian Yates, Kevin Levrone, Lee Labrada prove that age is not detrimental to your transformation goals.
7. Find The Right Gym Buddy
Most of your gym worries will cease to exist the day you find the correct gym partner. You should surround yourself with positive people who can support and encourage you in reaching your goals.
Accountability is one of the most crucial aspects of a physique transformation. A feedback loop will help you take your gains to the next level.
8. Keep Stress At Bay
Stress can sap away your motivation to train and turn you into a couch potato.
Stress releases a hormone called cortisol in the body which is one of the most potent muscle killers. Cortisol reduces testosterone (the male hormone) production and spikes estrogen levels in men.
9. Make Everything A Chore
You can never achieve success in a transformation program without discipline. You also would never have heard of anyone who transformed their physique while partying out every night, skipping workouts, and eating anything they could get their hands on.
If you want to carve the physique of your dreams, you need to design a training, diet, and recovery program and follow it with military discipline.
10. Never Stop Learning
Fitness is an ever-growing field. New studies and experiments are being conducted every day. Limiting yourself to a few training techniques can have two effects:
- Hitting a plateau.
- Getting bored and quitting working out altogether.
You should always be on the lookout for new training techniques and principles. Doing so will spice things up and keep you curious about achieving alpha in the gym.