Training may act as the stimulant to growth and development, but sleep is when the adaptions actually take place. But what counts as adequate rest?
'Hitting the wall' is a feared term in endurance circles. But it can happen to a lesser extent in weight training as well. It's that point in training where you feel like you can't go on, where taking just one more step or lifting one more rep can seem impossible. Unless you're an elite athlete, it can happen to anyone, including me. So how do you cope?
Three weeks to shredded! Get beach-body ready in two weeks! Six pack in seven days! How realistic do these sound? Clearly not realistic at all. Yet, following a chat with a fellow PT this week, there are many people who think and want it to be otherwise.
It's 6pm: you've finished work for the day and are looking forward to hitting the gym. You've been working hard and the results are paying off. Yet, despite all this, the second you set foot outside, your motivation starts to wane. Sat at your desk- eyes glued to an Excel spreadsheet - the gym had seemed like a welcome break, but now, when the alternative is a warm house, the sofa and a slice of carrot cake, getting sweaty suddenly doesn't seem the best option. So, is there anything you can do to tackle your demotivating inner voice?
When you've made the decision to start a new fitness programme or nutrition plan, one of the first questions you should ask yourself is how you are going to measure your progress. In fact, I can almost guarantee that doing this will make it easier to achieve your overall goal.
Most people will, at some point, experience difficulties with motivation. Even if you love the gym, there will be some days, especially the cold wet ones, when making it out of the house will seem like a success in itself. So, how should we start?