Subj: 8 Bodybuilding Tactics to Have a Great Workout.
#1. Pick the Right Time to Workout
Early morning training or afternoon.
I’ve tried both and both work great. Early morning training is great to kickstart your day. I have a sense of calm, mental focus and a general sense of well-being that lasts all day after a good morning workout.
Plus, the gym is less crowded in the morning and the people there mean business.
Afternoon training is good for hard, high volume and intense workouts. My morning workouts are typically lower volume and more strength focused so I don’t exhaust myself.
Afternoon workouts I leave all my energy in the gym, them go home, eat a big dinner, maybe do a little work then go to bed.
The gym is typically very crowded at 5:00PM as people leave work. By 6:30PM, however, the gym starts to clear out. So all equipment is available to you when you need it.
#2. Get Your Head Right
Mindset is key in the gym just like it is in other aspects of life.
Get in the gym with a purpose. Dig in and work hard for 60 minutes. Don’t just go through the Motions. Put your headphones on and get busy.
#3. Plan Your Workouts in Advance
Write down the workout the day before you actually train.
Write out the exercises, the sets, rep range and weight you will use.
This allows you to focus on lifting, and only lifting, while your in the gym. Distraction is a momentum killer and momentum is needed to blast through a workout.
You want to move from one exercise to another without having to think about it. You will lift harder and faster because you already did your thinking yesterday.
It only takes a few minutes of planning and preparation to make a world of difference.
#4. Track Every Workout
Track every exercises, every set, every rep you do and the weight used.
It’s necessary to keep making progress in the gym by doing more than you did the previous workout.
Having a workout log as a reference point is critical. It will push you forward. Not allow you to loaf.
If it’s squat day, look at the weight you used last time you squatted and increase the weight this time.
This is a simple technique but will keep you honest and is very powerful.
Take notes of how you feel of any alterations/adjustments to your form. This is very helpful as well because you will forget observations you made that will benefit you down the road.
#5. Pack your gym bag the night before
Nothing happens if you don’t get to gym prepared in the first place:
Pack your gym shoes, gym clothes, and clean street clothes for after the workout.
Bring soap and a towel if you shower at the gym. Don’t wait until morning. Mornings are hectic and you should focus on work.
Take care of your gym gear the night before and have one less thing to worry about.
Wake up knowing you’re ready for a kick ass workout Today.
These steps are especially useful for those that have trouble getting to the gym in the first place.
It forces you to make a prior investment in time and thought into the workout before you even step foot in the gym.
This makes you more likely to follow through and will ensure you have a better workout.
#6. Pack Your Supplements
Supplement timing can give you an edge. BCAAs prevent muscle wasting and are good to take if you workout on an empty stomach or while in a calorie deficit.
Getting protein in your body right after a hard workout allows better absorption into the muscles so the recovery process can start sooner and more effectively.
#7. Stay Hydrated All Day
Staying hydrated prevents fatigue. Many people are fatigued because they are dehydrated. It’s the easiest thing in the world to fix. Just drink more water!
I drink almost 2 gallons of fresh water every day.
Each night before bed, I fill a 32 ounce mason jar with fresh filtered water from my Brita Pitcher water filter and set it on my nightstand.
The first thing I do each morning when I wake up is sit up, grab the mason jar i filled with water the night before and slam it. Then I get ready for work.
I fill my water bottle before I leave for work, and drink it before I walk into my office.
#8. Meal Prep
Keep your nutrition on point and keep your energy levels up all day by having homemade meals ready to eat.
Put it all together
With these steps I wake up and just grab my gym bag as I’m leaving for work. I don’t think about gathering up all my gym stuff while I’m at work or worry about forgetting something.
I don’t think about what exercises to do while I’m at the gym. I already know.
I don’t have to worry about eating right or getting enough protein – I’m already prepared.
All I have to do is lift. So, ease your mind, focus on what’s important, and enjoy better, faster workouts.
Do you have any rituals or tips for better workouts? Let me know about it below!