Take your fitness from good to outstading with these tips
You have committed to a fitness plan, stuck with it, achieved some great results and are now looking for that next level. As you improve your performance, attaining results becomes more difficult and the increments of improvement decrease. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t strive for that next step in your fitness lifestyle. You will just have to become a smarter athlete, and pay attention to the below strategies to gain the performance upgrades you are looking for.
- Recovery becomes a focal point. You train. That is not the problem. But how you recover dictates your improvement. Many high level fitness enthusiasts and athletes spin their wheels aiming for specific results, but fall short due to inadequate recovery habits. You need a training stress but too much stress without attention to recovery leads you down the wrong path. After a grueling workout, your body is at its weakest state, you have supplied stress, so what you do outside the gym matters and will assist your body recover outside training sessions. Adequate sleep, excellent nutritional habits (see #2), light movement and mobility sessions, and cold therapy protocols are all recovery habits that need to be implemented throughout the week to speed the overall rebuilding process and keep you improving. Don’t just get caught in training hard all the time. Train smart and your performance will reach new levels
- Nutritional upgrade. You have come a long way with your nutrition. You eat well, understand your nutrient needs and are consistent throughout the week but to see your overall performance take a step up, specifically dialing in your nutritional habits are necessary. Fine tuning your calorie intake to match your activity demands is a critical component. Also, altering your macro-nutrient (protein, carbohydrate and fat) intake to support your goals will guide you to better recovery (see #1) and higher levels of performance. Eat to train at high levels. The majority of your food intake should support your athletic performance and assist the entire process of gaining strength and fitness. Alcohol, processed and high sugar foods, fried foods, soda and trans fat should all be limited when attaining high fitness levels.
- Systemize your training. Unsystematic training might have been the method to get you from point A to point B. But to progress your fitness, you now need a smarter plan. Let me first tell you that there is nothing wrong with a random workout every now and then. I love to implement a training session that is unique and out of my normal routine during specific phases of my training but most of the time I am following a progressive system that will lead me to attaining my goals. Haphazard training is not the right method for ultimate performance. You need a specific plan that is built for your individual strengths and weaknesses. Simply following a “group workout” or random training session will only get you so far. One of the best things you can do is hire a qualified coach to help with the overall design of your program. A coach will assess and evaluate you on a constant basis. This process will keep you moving towards your ultimate goals.
In conclusion, the idea is to look for smarter and better ways to reach the goals you desire to achieve. If you are looking for a result, but continue doing the same thing, you will end up frustrated due to your lack of progress. You must change something. An overall smarter plan will help you take your fitness from good to great.