All of us who are into this fitness thing, want to make substantial gains.
We all want to look, feel and perform better, which is exactly why we’re resorting to the fitness lifestyle.
And while most people go on the internet looking for the perfect “Summer shred” or “Lean gains” program, they forget one thing.
That is namely the fact that the BEST program they can get is the individual one.
And while that sounds like we’re telling you to spend hundreds on a personal trainer, that is not really the case.
We’ve decided to share with you, information that will help YOU make YOUR OWN individual plan of action.
Without having to spend an immense amount of money to get help from a “professional”.
This is the introductory article of a whole series of educational content, which is designed to help you understand how the body works and how it adapts to certain types of training.
The information is presented in layman’s terms, but we will however establish some common terminology, in order for you to understand what it’s all about.
This is NOT the next “Magic pill” or program that you’ll see on the internet.
If you’re looking for an easy way out, a shortcut or you simply still believe in magic leave this page right now!
We will simply provide you with the structured knowledge needed for you to create a sustainable plan of action to which an individual can stick in the long term.
And that is for every goal and any person.
Whether you’re trying to shred down for summer, bulk up or simply maintain health, this information will be of use.
Why most fitness plans don’t work
Now before we get into any specific theory of training and eating, let’s shortly analyze the building blocks of a fitness plan.
What is it that makes a fitness plan actually work…?
This pyramid goes from the most important things at the bottom, to least important at the top.
Let’s briefly go through those.
1. Knowledge and action
When you’re messing with how your body works and performs, you just have to KNOW what you’re doing.
It’s like solving a math problem- You need the formula. Otherwise, you’ll be throwing sh*t at the wall to see what sticks, and that’s probably not the best idea when your body is at stake.
In this case, the formula is structured knowledge – Theory, principles and methods about training and nutrition.
Knowing the formula, we manage to go from A to B in a straight line, avoiding all mistakes and hence, shortcutting to progress in a sense.
NOTE! The only “Shortcut” to progress is actually taking action and doing the correct things.
That way, you will do what works while avoiding wasting time on promising things that don’t work and hence, make progress quicker.
We now know there are no magic pills, teas, waist belts, etcetera. You can’t hack your way into fitness.
That is exactly why you need a SUSTAINABLE plan, which you can stick to in the long term, in order to yield consistent results.
If it feels like a torture, it is not the right plan. Period.
3. Energy balance
If you see a diet plan on the internet that has a set caloric intake, not suited to YOUR individual needs and characteristics, don’t take it for granted.
We are all of a different age, weight, height and we all have different non-exercise and exercise activities.
That is exactly why, the daily energy needs are strictly individual.
Besides training, the series of educational articles will also include nutrition.
Alright, just a quick mention here – Exercise is NOT mandatory!
You can lose weight for example, with no exercise whatsoever.
Point of the matter however, is that modern day lifestyle is SEDENTARY!
That’s why exercising is highly recommended.
The body was made to move, not to sit in front of a computer all day!
Finding the correct approach to training, given your goals is one of the most important things in the plan.
5. Monitoring & Adjustment
We also need to know that no plan works forever.
The body is an adaptation machine, which is exactly why we need to change up the stimulus.
Monitoring our progress is mandatory, as it will ultimately help us adjust the plan as needed and make it optimal.
This is just another thing we’ll help you with.
Last and least important, supplements.
It’s funny how most people resort to supplements when trying to get in shape, thinking they work like magic.
If you’re one of those people, just look up at the definition of the word “supplement”.
The textbook definition is literally “something that completes or enhances something else when added to it.”
So, why are supplements least important…? Well, because no supplement can compensate for the lack of a sustainable, individual plan of action.
Simple as that.
Let’s get started!
If this makes sense to you, then you’re going to love the first article of the series.
The first step for me personally is simply breaking down the workout, using MATH!
I know… You hate math. But worry not, we’re talking about very basic math here.
And you need math, because you’re working with weights, sets and rest times (numbers).
It’s pretty simple, though – You have 3 main variables (parameters) in each and every workout.
Those are namely the intensity, volume and density of the workload.
Depending on the ratios of those parameters, you will trigger a different energy system in the body.
A different energy system triggered means a different adaptation or in other words, end result.
Without further ado, let’s start by explaining Why measuring your workout is important – Training parameters
See you there!
If you’d like to learn more about the fundaments of a good fitness plan, check out my video below!