Goal Achievement

achieve your goals

How to reach your goals.

First thing’s first you have to understand that reaching your goal will take time! There will be no magic pill, no easy fix. You will have to put in the time and the effort to get the results that you are looking for. If you are honest with yourself and you set the expectation that you need to work for your goal right off the bat you will be much better off. One of the best pieces of advice I can give to someone who is working towards a goal, especially a fitness goal, is to build a support network. Sometimes you will be in the position where that support network is not going to be your friends and family. You can always go online, build a network there. Try to find people who are working towards the same goal as you. Just have patience you will get there!

 

Exercise Tempo

Exercise Tempo

Let’s talk about exercise tempo.

In your exercise program from me you will see a 4 number notation. That is the exercise tempo that you will be working at. The first number is the eccentric phase of the lift. This is when, say, during the bench press you are lowering the bar towards your chest. The second number is the pause at the bottom of the lift. The third number is how long it is going to take you to push the bar back up to the top. The last number is how long you pause before you start the next repetition. For example, if you are doing some more explosive work your notation might look something like: 2-0-1-0. ¬†What it would look like is, it would take you 2 seconds to bring the bar down to your chest. You would not pause at the bottom. You would simply touch and push the weight back up. It would take you 1 second to push from your chest back up to the top. Then you wouldn’t pause before you started your next repetition. You’d come back down for 2 and continue on.

 

Good Form

Good Form Why

Why good form is important.

If you ask me one of the keys to success in they gym along with consistency and a good diet is good exercise form. That is for a few reasons. First reason, and one I bet you already guessed, is that it reduces the risk of injury. When you are working towards a goal in the gym the last thing want is to be out on an injury. Another reason that you want to make sure that you are using good form is because you want to make sure that you are targeting the correct muscles when you are working out. Good form is also important for optimal strength and muscle gains over the long term. I like to think of it this way, if I am cheating on a rep I am just cheating myself. The best thing you can do for yourself is to not lift with your ego. If you need to reduce the weight, reduce the weight! Good form is especially important for beginners because it is much easier to get into a good habit now than it will be to get out of a bad habit later. If you’re used to doing and exercise with really bad form it is hard to, down the road, get out of that bad habit. It is easier just to learn the exercise with good form right off the bat. You will thank yourself later!