Monday, October 30, 2006

Throw Your Workout Program Out The Window

Got your workout routine in front of you?

Good. Now throw it out the window. Well, maybe not literally, but here's what I mean.

It's not THAT important to follow a workout program too strictly. It's more important to go on how you feel instead. Learning to gauge your body and its recovery time is one of the fastest ways to prevent overtraining and to boost your strength and muscle gains.

By adhering too strictly to a workout routine, you don't take into consideration the day-to-day demands that are placed on your body. And that can lead to drastic overtraining.

If you find yourself more tired than usual, chances are, you haven't recovered from your last workout. You need to track how you feel, day to day, before stepping back into the gym. If you workout when you're too tired or too sore, you're not going to use max intensity or be able to lift max weight.

You're better off resting another day. Any time you train without max intensity or weight, you're wasting time and energy.

You want to try and give yourself 2 full days of rest each week to ensure recovery, but some weeks, you may need more. Again, go on how you feel.

One of the best ways to keep making gains and avoid overtraining is to train only when you're 100%. I know one school of thought is "no pain, no gain", but that's just B.S.

Ask yourself these questions:

Are you feeling more tired and sluggish, in or out of the gym?

Do you find yourself not looking forward to your workouts now?

Are you more sore than usual?

Are the weights you're lifting not going up? Are they staying about the same?

If you answered "Yes" to 2 or more of these, chances are, you're on the verge of overtraining or could be overtraining now. And always remember, if you're overtraining, you're not going to build muscle.

This is why it's important to train when you feel best, not just because your routine tells you it's time to be in the gym.

I've been going with this "train as you go" philosophy for the past couple of years and I've made more strength and muscle gains than I have in the past 10 previous years combined.

Some weeks, I only train twice per week, other times I train 3 or 4 times per week. But the point is, I train only when I feel absolutely at my best. When I feel I can go in there and have a tremendous workout and lift max weight with max intensity.

Stop following your workout routine and start following your body. You're working out to feel good, not to feel sore and tired all the time. You're also working out for results... mainly to build muscle, lose fat, gain strength and energy.

You need to learn that gaining muscle is not an exact art. It's simply overloading the muscles, feeding them properly, and then allowing them to rest, recover, and grow.

If any of those 3 important areas are compromised, results will be limited.

Think of it this way: Say you want a nice tan, so you look good at your friends' wedding.

So, you make appointments at the salon to tan on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.

Now, say that you burn badly on Monday, for whatever reason. Maybe you're so fair skinned that even just 10 minutes in the booth was too much.

Are you going to go tanning again on Wednesday, when you're still burned, even though you have an appointment? Of course not. That would further burn and damager your skin.

You'd wait until you're fully healed before going back in the booth.

Well, the same thing should be done when weight training. You need to be fully healed before weight lifting again or else you're just going to cause more harm than good.

So, make sure you start going on how you feel, and not just a set schedule. If you are training too much, too often, building muscle mass will be nearly impossible.

This is just one of the things we'll be covering this Tuesday, the 29th, on my "How To Gain Maximum Muscle In Minimum Time" call...

http://www.shawnlebrunfitness.com/muscle-call.html

If you're interested in learning how to build the most muscle possible in the least amount of time, you'll want to join me on this call...

http://www.shawnlebrunfitness.com/muscle-call.html

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