7 Tips for Successful Training
We all have fluctuations in the efficiency of our training, sometimes life just gets in the way and that’s ok but how do we make sure that we stay on track? Below are 7 tips to help you storm through your training with enthusiasm and purpose. We want to make sure that you don’t just reach your goals but that you obliterate them... 2018 here we come!!
1. Make sure your mindset is right
How you think about exercise is very important. It can be the difference between smashing a workout and feeling on top of the world or struggling through it feeling lethargic and dejected. Now of course we all have days where we are less motivated, have less energy or our mindset is impacted by external factors from our personal life and sometimes these get in the way; this is a normal part of life. Let’s focus on how we can use mindset to get 100% out of our workouts the rest of the time.
Our mindset about exercise begins way before we arrive at the gym, get our training gear on, hit the mats and warm up. It's how we perceive exercise, how we relate to it, how it affects us, how it makes us feel before and after and how we approach it. For this reason, it's crucial that you decide what you want from exercise, what you want to achieve and what purpose it serves for you?
Before you get to your next session think about why you're going? What are your reasons for exercising? Are they still the same or have they changed? How do you feel when you think about exercise? Try writing these things down, put your motivations down on paper. This way you make them concrete and you make them real.
2. Find someone to hold you accountable
To help you stick to your fitness goals it's important to have someone who can hold you accountable. Having someone to hold you accountable makes it less likely for you to skip a workout, as you are unable to secretly not show up and have to provide a reason for your absence to someone else. It’s much harder to make excuses to someone else than it is to yourself!
The next step on from this is to find a training buddy. Not only will you hold each other accountable but you can push each other through your workouts; there's nothing like a bit of friendly competition to help get the most out of your sessions. A training buddy also means you have moral support on tap and someone to cheer you through those more difficult sessions.
3. Plan your workouts
To help you stay on track it can be beneficial to plan your workouts. In its simplest form, this means the days of the week and times that you will attend classes, hit the gym or go for a run. You can also go a step further and plan the content of your gym workout, the exercises in your circuit or your running route for each day in advance.
4. Set yourself goals and challenges
A key to getting the most out of your training is to set yourself goals. Having a challenge to overcome or a goal to reach is a very effective way of keeping you focused and motivated. A good way to do this is to set a long-term goal and work backwards, breaking it down further into mid-term goals and then short term goals. Think about the smaller steps you need to accomplish to get you closer to your overall target.
5. Keep it fun
Probably the most important tip is to keep your training fun. Above all else you must enjoy what you’re doing, otherwise what's the point? If you get no satisfaction from exercise then perhaps you need to try something new; a new sport, a new training method or a new environment. Any of these factors can be just what you need to make exercise fun again.
Variation in your training routine can also help keep things fresh, fun and interesting. Whether this means different sports throughout the week, different training methods in your sessions or focusing on different muscle groups. If you're mixing it up you're on the right track.
There are also a lot of benefits to keeping your body guessing and trying new things. Variation in your training gives you much better overall approach to exercise.
6. Hire a trainer
Enlisting the help of a trainer can be a great way to get that little boost you need to take your training to the next level. You don’t need to train with them weekly to get the benefits from a session. Training with a trainer every once in a while can be a great way to fine tune a skill, get out of a rut, pick up some new drills or set new goals... to name just a few benefits.
7. Work with someone more and less advanced than yourself
Whilst it can seem obvious to enlist the help of a coach, peer or friend who is more advanced than you, it can also be beneficial to work with some who is less advanced than yourself. You can learn a great deal by passing on the knowledge you have learnt to someone else, it’s a completely different skill to absorb information than it is to pass it on. You have to think about your sport in a whole new way when you are controlling a session and dictating the drills; it forces you to think about the ‘why’. Why are you doing this drill, movement or lift? How is it practical? What benefits does it have? By thinking this way not only will you improve your own technique but you will be helping someone else improve theirs too.
Now you’re armed with 7 tips to help you be successful in your training, get out there and start putting them into practice!
Which tip did you find most useful? Are there any you think we missed? We’d love to hear from you! Good luck and happy training!
The Springhealth Team