Stop believing what you hear on television and in the news about how you always NEED to buy some product on the internet in order to get the physique that you want. You don’t.
In fact, this guide will take you through ALL of the basics of fitness. I will be explaining that, yes, while supplements can definitely help and give you that extra edge over the competition, they aren’t essential. Supplements are best for those who ALREADY have nailed the basics.
A complete beginner or someone who has never done a squat in their life will not benefit from supplements as much as they will from learning the basics. So, if you are a complete beginner in the fitness realm, then this post is for you.
We will be breaking this down into three main sections. These three sections are the CORES of bodybuilding and fitness. In fact, I believe these three things to be the ultimate three things to living a physically healthy life.
Yes, this one may seem obvious, but you need at least 8 hours of sleep per night. The human body NEEDS to rest. Preferably you have a set schedule when you are going to bed at the same time every day.
I’m sure you’ve heard the saying, “Early to bed, early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise.” Well, the same thing applies in fitness, but a tad differently.
Getting enough adequate sleep helps make sure your body recovers to tackle the day ahead of you.
2. Healthy Eating/Drinking
I don’t like to use the term “diet” because that usually means that it is just a temporary ordeal. “Oh it’s almost summer, so I need to start dieting for swimsuit season.” I guarantee anyone who says that doesn’t have a champion’s physique. Dieting is for average people, a lifestyle change is what is needed for a fitness winner.
Pay attention to this next part of the post, it might be the most important.
I want to let you in on a little secret…
Something that fitness companies, gyms, supplement manufacturers, and other corporations don’t want you to know…
|- AT LEAST 80% OF YOUR FITNESS SUCCESS IS LINKED TO WHAT YOU DECIDE TO PUT INTO YOUR BODY. -|
I want to repeat that so it gets nailed down in your head.
AT LEAST 80% OF ALL THE SUCCESS YOU WILL HAVE GETTING THAT BODY YOU DESIRE WILL COME DOWN TO WHAT YOU CONSUME ON A REGULAR BASIS.
There, I said it. The big secret is out. 80% of the work is in the kitchen. But don’t worry! I will definitely make another post showing you how to meal prep for the week and make consuming the right foods an easy process. In fact, you can minimally exercise and have a kick ass meal plan and still look great.
3. Exercise/Lifting Weights
Alright, the third and final necessity of getting the body you have always wanted is exercising and lifting weights. If you are a guy, you NEED to be lifting weights. Just doing cardio won’t get the job done.
IF YOU ARE A GUY, YOU CAN’T JUST RUN ON A TREADMILL, YOU NEED TO LIFT HEAVY WEIGHTS.
The reason mostly men need to lift is because it is one of the best ways to heavily increase your testosterone. As a guy, you should be concerned with your testosterone levels as many studies have shown that it is directly linked to happiness in men. Having a normal to higher levels of testosterone has also been linked to greater levels of overall physical achievement in populations of men.
I can’t speak for women, but I’d bet that lifting is good for you lovely ladies as well. Another benefit of regular exercise and lifting weights that is often not accounted for is that it helps you get a great sleep. It is just logical to prove this point.
If you are doing physically demanding things on a regular basis, your body will be tired by the end of the day. The great thing about your body being tired at the end of the day is that you are almost guaranteed to sleep like a dog and get 8+ hours of sleep every night. I hope this makes sense.
If you exhaust your body throughout the day and then lay your back onto your bed at night and start to shut your eyes, the next thing you realize… it is 9 AM in the morning and you just slept for 10 hours. In fact, some of the best rests with amazing dreams that I have ever had have been after workouts where I completely exhausted my body to the point where I couldn’t manage to do another pull up for the entire day.
A lot of guys worry about people judging or laughing at them in the gym because they are in terrible shape. Let me tell you something, NOBODY CARES ABOUT YOU. This may sound like a bad thing, but it is actually great. When you step into the gym, it’s you versus yourself. It isn’t you versus Mr. Chaddius McSteroidBro. It’s you versus you, and nobody cares or is paying attention to you, except you.
Here is the last big point that I want to leave you with and then I will conclude this post.
YOU NEED TO DEDICATE TO EXERCISE AND LIFTING WEIGHTS ON A REGULAR BASIS.
I recommend working out at least 3 days per week, but preferably 5 to 6 if you want to be in the top 10%. However, 3 days a week of intense physical exercise mixed with a great diet and adequate sleep will do wonders. Most people just have a terrible diet, and are too lazy to exercise on a regular basis. Don’t be one of those people. You were dedicated enough to finish reading this post (1000+ Words), so you don’t lack dedication. If fitness is a goal that you really do want to achieve, it is entirely possible.
Alright, so we went over the big three things you need to get that physique you dream of. Now, let’s review those things and get you to the next level of actually achieving them. Below, I will give you an example plan of goals and actions to take in order to achieve them.
GOAL: You need 8+ Hours of sleep.
ACTION: Make a schedule/to-do-list of all the things you need to do during the week and block out at least 8 hours per day for sleep.
2. Healthy Eating/Drinking
GOAL: Get A Healthier Meal Plan
ACTION: Watch a meal prepping video on YouTube and prepare a shopping list. Then, buy the food needed and make the meals shown in the video for the week.
3. Exercise/Lifting Weights
GOAL: Be Able To Squat 1.5X Your Weight / Lose 30 lbs / Be Able To Do A Set Of 10 Pull Ups
ACTIONS: Do 3 sets of 10 squats at least once per week / Intensify your workouts to burn more calories / Do at least 5 pull ups in one set per day for 30 days
If you break things down into their smaller components, anything becomes possible. Heck, I am a terrible writer as you can probably tell, but I still managed to put this long post together. It all begins with just getting your foot in the door. What are you waiting for? Start today.