I've trained hundreds of clients who do not like to train with me and do not get in touch with motivation, injury, and life. Here are my best tips for training longevity:
1 – Continue training.
Many people lose motivation when they stop meeting the gym. The great bodybuilder Milos Sarcev was once asked why he trained 7 days a week (something I can not recommend by the way) and he replied, "If I take a day off I will not be in the gym." I'm not saying that you should exercise every day. But many people take a week off when they start to reduce motivation. And from that point on, the motivation goes down even more. So if you lose motivation, keep training. You can change the way you exercise, just walk, use less intensity and less volume, but move on to the gym.
1; A little bit is better than nothing.
That's the big one! When you become a real adult with full time job, family, mortgages, and much more stress, you have much less time to devote to training.
But you know what? The gym for 20 minutes hard to beat is a million times better than doing nothing. And in 20 minutes you can improve yourself with many productive measures. Heck, do you have "only" 10 minutes? You can reap some benefits.
If you think you need to work 60-90 minutes, this is one of the main reasons why people stop exercising. When my child was born, I only trained fourteen days a week for the first 6 weeks. I was still making some progress and when everything had calmed down, I was able to increase my training a bit. Above all, my motivation remained high.
3 – Prioritization of training.
Okay, that sounds cliché, but it's true, and not many do. If you make training one of your priorities, you will find a way to achieve it. I trained professional athletes, Olympians, pro-bodybuilders and CrossFit competitors. But my favorite customer was a 45-year-old Joe with six children.
He was an entrepreneur who worked 60 hours a week and traveled almost every week across the continent. He always found a way to do his 3-5 weekly workouts. When we started working together, he put in 125 pounds. After 6 months, he pressed 315.
4 – Build a home gym.
This makes it so much easier for people with a busy schedule. For most people, the problem is not just the time you spend training but also the 20-30 minutes to the gym. It adds up.
If you have a home gym, it's easy to do a quick daily workout. And you do not need much to start with. If you have a strength rack, a barbell / weight and an adjustable bench, you can get solid results.
5 – Read!
If you read about training, you will want to train again and again. It gives you ideas to try and stop the fire. Visit T Nation daily. Visit the forums to discuss. Buy some training books.
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