Making It C.O.U.N.T
Time waits for no man, seize your opportunity of achieving an aesthetic body now. Below are five very important pieces of advice to follow in order to achieve your goals, most of which can be implemented into other real life situations such as work and education.
Consistency – Being consistent is probably the most important rule to follow, its not going to happen over night, or even after a few weeks. In order to achieve a proper aesthetic ripped physique, it takes a lot of hard work and even more time! You will need to be consistent with all your nutrition and training.
Training Monday to Friday and then going out binge drinking all weekend and eating crap isn’t going to get you those abs. Don’t get me wrong, everybody needs time out, but do it say once every 4-6 weeks and don’t go crazy on the beer and junk food etc. All in all its going to take time, in most cases years to achieve a fully shredded aesthetic body. But once you have it, its the greatest trophy ever to show off!
Organisation – Keep your training organised! Plan your exercise/routines before going to the gym. Your going to achieve minimal results by walking into the gym and picking up any old weight and throwing it around for a while. There are tons of routines available to look at, and following, understanding and learning the whys and the when is invaluable for building muscle.
Try a few out, try different methods and timing etc, if they work for you great, but I would always recommend tweaking them and testing new things because you might achieve better results.
Understanding – Understanding your body's movements and how it functions is a vital part of training, if not for building muscle, than to prevent injury. Most people when they begin training will walk straight into a gym, jump on a bench press and try and rep out the big weights. This is DUMB, not only will it cause you injury in the long term, but you wont be making the most of your time spent in the gym. Do research on how best to perform a bench press, squat, dead lift etc etc. Yes you might only be able to do it with light weights, but in time you will build your muscle stronger and bigger by doing this, and soon pass the weights the superheroes started off using!
Nutrition – Another huge factor in gaining muscle, burning fat and keeping energy up. There is so much to learn about foods, their benefits and the ways in which they work. Don’t expect to eat crap, walk in the gym and gain exceptional results. Its all about what you put in, is what you get out. Of course, junk food plays a part in a diet, but that doesn’t mean the weekends here lets all eat pizza because I've ate chicken and broccoli all week.
There are a substantial variety of diets out there, and its all about discovering which one works best for you with what goals you are trying to achieve. Are you Bulking? Burning Fat, Maintaining Muscle? Its all relevant. A good place to start is defining what body type you are. Endomorph, Ectomorph, Mesomorph, they all respond differently to different types of food (which can be found here).
Supplements are an important part of our training, as they allow us to give the body what it needs most at what point we choose, i.e. a protein shake. But don’t think that supplements are the secret, without hard work and a good diet you might as well save your money.
Training – How? When? What? There is so much involved in training, its basically make of it what you will. So many variations and contradictions and arguments about when, what and how to train.
I can't tell you the correct one, its about long periods of trial and testing what works best for you. What works for you, may not work best for someone else. There is tons of advice all over, and doing research on training methods etc is always beneficial. There is normally a somewhat pattern of how the majority will train, push/pull training upper body one day, and the lower the next etc.
Personally when I started out, I'd follow a routine that I'd find online, see how I got on, what I liked and didn’t like, what felt good/bad. Then mix it up with a different routine, chop and blend, its all about discovering what is best for you.
It could take months, it could take years before you find your perfect workout, but wont it be worth it when you finally nail it? Not only by doing this will you explore tons of methods and training variations, but you will have the knowledge to carry yourself forward and achieve your goals of an aesthetic body.