We’ve all seen them: the guy who looks like the Incredible Hulk yet can’t lift a thing, or on the contrary, a guy that looks like a complete slob but can lift a house. Or what about the guy that looks great, but can’t walk up a flight of stairs without needing CPR at the top? No matter what your age or gender, I recommend training like an athlete.
How do you train like an athlete?
1. Join us at Infinity Fitness.
2. Increase your work capacity (work capacity= the ability to repeat high QUALITY effort).
The higher your work capacity then the more prepared for training you are; the more prepared you are the more work you can do; the more work you can do the more gains you can achieve. (Gains can mean very different things! For women look at it as *leans* ). To achieve this, shorten your rest times between sets, run stairs (hint,hint), throw cardio into the middle of a workout, do some ploy metrics. It’s not 1982 Golds Gym thinking is 2014 Infinity thinking to keep the heart rate up and continuously move throughout the workout. Maximize your time in the gym to maximize your feeling outside of it.
3. Create or find variety in your workouts.
Find a gym that is not typical. Switch things up daily, don’t get stuck in a rut and move your body in every direction with resistance daily. Your mind and body wants to be pushed and needs to be pushed to create a healthier lifestyle. As they say variety is the spice of life, so spice that thing up!!!
4. Enjoy and embrace the push this type of training gives you.
Have fun. Working out has the word “work” which most people despise. But…..and a big one, it’s not work if you love it. As crazy as this sounds, it really is fun to…
- Leave a pool of sweat
- Stumble out of the gym after leg day
- Have to catch your breath during a workout
- Want to quit but continue
- REALLY want to quit but give it just that little bit you have left
- Hi-five someone that just killed their workout
- Be the one who got the hi-five
- Feel better about yourself
Mike Sheahan, CPT, PES