Ask Away...: Not For The Faint At Heart: Taking Your Fitness To The Next Level

Saturday, October 8, 2016

Not For The Faint At Heart: Taking Your Fitness To The Next Level

So, you want to take your fitness to the next level. Be warned: this kind of thing isn’t for the faint at heart! Maybe you want to someday compete in a competition. Maybe you simply want to wow your friends with how many pull ups you can do. If you’ve been working out for a while and achieved pretty good results, but you’re wondering what steps to take next, read on!

Work On Your Functional Fitness

Working on your functional fitness is a great way to take it to the next level. When people first start working out, it’s usually because they want to look good. This is all well and good, but sometimes the things we do to look good don’t actually help us in everyday life. Functional fitness does! By practicing your pull ups, muscle ups and your press ups, you can find yourself performing better in your everyday life. Plus, doing these kinds of things unassisted are very impressive. You’ll need to practice, but you’ll get such a sense of achievement when you’ve done it.

Get A PT Or Coach

A PT or coach could potentially be a good investment for you if you want some professional guidance. They are especially important if you’re planning on competing or doing something like that any time soon. Putting it into the hands of professional who has seen it and done it before you will really help. You just need to make sure you’re going for someone who knows their stuff. It’s also a good idea to go with someone who doesn’t have a ton of clients, as they’ll have more time to spend with you. They can be expensive, but if this is what you want to do, it could be more than worth it!


Really Hone Your Diet

Honing your diet is crucial if you want to take your fitness to the next level. Learn to think of food as fuel. If your diet is already pretty tight, there are a few things you could do. You could up your water intake, or start tracking if you don’t already. You could invest in a food scale. You could have one cheat meal every 2 weeks, instead of every week (although you need to remember that refeeds are important for optimal performance). Make sure you’re choosing food from whole sources and eating as naturally as you can. You’ll feel amazing and your performance should really improve.

Have Shorter Rest Periods

Maybe you could have shorter rest periods. If you usually have 1 or 2 minutes rest between your weight sets, knock 30 seconds off. This will keep your heart rate up more and burn more fat. However, if you do tend to use heavy weights, you’ll need to take a longer rest period to let your body recover. If you’re doing sprints, you need as much rest as it takes for your heart rate to slow down. You don’t want to faint!

Incorporate Olympic Lifts

Olympic lifts are another way to improve your functional fitness and get stronger. Some lifts, like bicep curls and leg extensions, do nothing for our fitness levels. They might make us look good, but they don’t help our fitness levels. Crossfit focuses on a lot of olympic lifts, but you don’t need to do that. Simply incorporating some into your routine could help you get fitter than ever!

Do More Sprints

Sprinting is a brilliant way to supercharge your cardio, and even cut down your time working out. It’s usually called HIIT. High intensity interval training is a great way to keep muscle definition and shed fat. You don’t just need to sprint though. You could even do HIIT on a spin-bike or stepper.  

Make Sure You’re Getting A Good Balance of Exercise

If you want to take your fitness to the next level, getting a good balance of exercises is important. It isn’t just about running more or lifting more. It’s about working on your strength, speed, and flexibility. This is what makes for a perfect healthy and well rounded body. You don’t want to be too strong and not flexible enough. You could develop all kinds of problems in your muscles. There are other issues if you’re doing too much of one thing too. Be smart and mix it up!


Try Reputable Supplements

Some supplements are a load of garbage, but some can really help to take your fitness to the next level. For example, a good pre-workout could help you to put even more effort into your workouts. Protein powder could help you to ensure you’re getting enough of the muscle restoring macronutrient. You could even enhance your fat loss efforts with a green tea supplement. Just make sure you read reviews and things first to make sure you’re not being duped.

Always Have New Goals

Your goals are supposed to change over time. You should always reassess your goals and make sure they are still suited to you. How can you make them better?


Find New Ways To Track Improvements

Finding new ways to track your improvements will help you to get fitter and keep you more motivated. Using the scale is so old fashioned. Taking pictures and measurements is great, but you might already do that. You could use a heart rate monitor, track your body fat, and find other ways to do it. You’ll get a more accurate picture of your improvements this way.

Get Plenty Of Sleep

Finally, make sure you are getting plenty of sleep. Rest is an important part of the program. You should be taking at least one day off from training a week. Focusing on improving your quality of sleep will help you to make even better results. Make sure you’re getting the amount of hours you need, and that nothing is hindering the quality.

If you’re ready to take your fitness the next level, start using the tips here. Just be prepared to work harder than ever before. Good luck!

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