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Three Fundamental Principles of Working Out

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Working out involves three fundamental principles. They are as follows:

Progressive Training

1. Progressive Training

The fundamental principle of working out if you wish to make gains is to work out progressively. Sounds complicated and technical, but it’s not.

Progressive training simply means pushing yourself harder in the long term. If you focus on resistance training this means adding weight and/or reps. If you do cardio, it means increasing intensity and/or duration.

Whether you do 10 minute workouts or 90 minute workouts, it’s imperative that you progressively train.

2. Proper Form

Proper form applies most to resistance training and yoga/stretching. However, it also applies to cardio if you’re a peak performance athlete.

It’s important to lift, run, do abdominal exercises and stretch with proper form. If you’re going to invest time and money in working out, you might as well ensure you get the most out of your investments. Moreover, proper form helps prevent injuries.

Over the years I’ve hired personal trainers to watch and critique my form. I do this for feedback. The fact is that many people fall into ruts and routines of doing things … and if you end up in a rut of improper form, it needs to be corrected.

Therefore, if you’re new to working out, are returning to working out after a long absence or are a veteran, it’s always good to get professional and critical feedback on your form. You don’t have to hire a personal trainer for 10 sessions. You can hire them for one or two sessions and then carry on with your regimen.

3. Diet

Making progress with your training regimen requires eating well. You don’t have to become a fanatic. However, if you eat only junk food, your progress will be slow or non-existent.

This guide isn’t a nutrition guide. Moreover, your diet will vary according to your fitness goals. For example, if you want to put on as much muscle as possible, you need to eat high protein diet complemented with quality carbohydrates and fats.

If you wish to burn fat, your protein/carbohydrate/fat ratios will vary.

If you’re serious about achieving your fitness goals, your regimen must include a diet that helps you achieve those goals.