Mindset plays an enormous role when it comes to physical exercise. Try out these top tips to ensure you dominate your next workout.
Before attempting any big lift, try and picture yourself completing it—and mime the steps involved in the movement. Visualization is key, visualizing your goal can boost your actual performance by 45 percent, finds a study in Behavioral and Brain Functions.
Having commitment issues? The key is to eliminate your excuses for skipping the gym. Pack your gym bag for tomorrow’s workout before you go to bed tonight. Researchers in Georgia say sorting out your gear in advance makes you 40 percent more likely to hit the gym.
Having an opponent in the gym can significantly increase your performance. A healthy competition can push you to work extra hard, says research from New York University. For example, see the guy on the treadmill next to you? Make sure he doesn’t beat you!
Start your workout with the exercise you dread the most, get it out the way early so you can focus the rest of your session. By leaving it until later in your workout, you’ll unwittingly skip reps on easier moves in order to save energy for your nemesis, finds a study from Indiana University.
A common reason for loss of motivation when it comes to training is sluggish progress, or what people think is sluggish progress… remember, Rome wasn’t built in a day. Forget setting a grand goal. Instead of vowing to lose 20 pounds, just make it 2—and build from there. Short-term goals result in a great chance of physical improvement, says a University of Alabama study.
Are you doing endless sit-ups and crunches and still feel like you’re getting nowhere? You’re not alone.
Despite much evidence pointing to the fact that these exercises are not going to give you a shredded six pack and can actually cause significant back pain they still seem the go-to for ab exercises. So we’ve comprised a list of the 3 ultimate exercises to get your abs looking ripped.
Big arms seem to be a status symbol among men in the gym. Many guys try to achieve the coveted 22” arms that Arnold had back in the day however, many that try never seem to get there.
Caffeine is a great way to ramp up your metabolism, your daily java hit can boost your metabolism 5 to 8%—about 98 to 174 calories a day. Ingesting caffeine is essential as it jumpstarts the process of lipolysis. Lipolysis is the breakdown of fats and other lipids by hydrolysis to release fatty acids. This process occurs when your body is breaking down your fat stores and in turn converting it into energy.