In the beginning phases of this blog, I want to discuss topics that both beginning and current lifters should address in their training programs. We’ve addressed body types, supplements, muscle fibers and eating habits for growing muscle. The next topic I think we should discuss is lifting habits, specifically what an individual should do if they short on funds, space or time.
WHERE DO I WORK OUT?
I love the gym. The gym is a great place to be for someone who enjoys fitness. Everyone is working out, having a good time, trying to achieve their goals, it’s magical. Gyms and other fitness clubs can offer their members an immense amount of benefits. Benefits could include: locker rooms, top-notch workout equipment, trainers, etc.
However, just because you don’t have the money or access to a gym doesn’t mean you don’t have the same potential of success as someone who does. A great workout can be achieved in the home, outside at a park, anywhere! As I said, I love the gym, but I also bought a weight bench and other lifting equipment and worked out from home for almost a full year. I believe I achieved the same results as I would have with a gym, so just because you don’t have a gym doesn’t mean you can’t lift.
WHEN DO I WORK OUT?
So this is a tricky subject. A lot of factors come into play when considering optimal times to workout, such as how mentally focused the lifter is at what time of day and how their work/life activities come into play. If you were to describe in detail how each time of day affects your lifting status, here is how it would look:
So what’s the answer? It’s not really clear-cut. The answer honestly depends on what works best for your schedule and your own mental and physical toughness. I’ve worked out in the mornings, afternoons and at night. Personally, I feel like I do the best in the afternoons. Between the hours of 12PM-2PM I have great mental focus, great strength, and feel like I get the best out of my workout. Alternatively, when working out in the morning I feel as if I’m not focused at all and just want to go back to bed.
See the difference? I will note that plenty of people work out in the mornings, and it works great for them.
HOW DO I WORK OUT?
This is the best part: work out however you please! There are plenty of ways to get in shape, be healthy, and grow. You can use weights in the gym to gain muscle and strength. Someone could run outside to train for endurance and stamina. An individual can train in a club for yoga to gain flexibility. Train however you want, achieve the goals that you want and maximize your potential.
Just be sure to practice good lifting habits and practices for the best results and strength.
Where you workout, when you workout, and how you workout are all important factors to your personalized training. However, it’s most important that you’re working out and working out safely. Exercising and training are great ways to stay in shape, retain good health, and life a long and happy lifestyle. Place, time and experience should not hold you back from a lifting lifestyle.
Just get out there, set goals, and happy lifting.