In the last 7 years, I have heard more bad advice from fitness disseminated by people generally well-intentioned which could never give answers.
In fact, most of the times, I limit myself to open my eyes and mouth and put the face of “you have got to be kidding me” as a reaction to the nonsense that I am almost hearing every day. (Enter here the 99.9% of the “experts” in diets low in carbohydrates).
As a personal trainer in both gyms and private environments since 2002, and as an assistant coach, I have had a lot of contact with different communities of athletes, from bodybuilders to practitioners of the weekend, passing through endurance athletes, whose personalities are as diverse as its objectives of physical fitness.
Be both a resource as a training partner of distinguished athletes, has truly been a gift for my life. The only thing really bothered me in the fitness industry as a whole, is that is almost it is not regulated and that anyone can say on the subject.
And, trust me, becomes tiring, very very tiring.
I have met with other health professionals who do not agree with me on this.
In the recent years, I have carried out a personal mission: find and fix the false information that floats around communities and forums of fitness, in order to undermine the progress of these non-qualified persons that step by step they fill the minds of people with fitness tips that don’t work.
Without further ado, here are some of the best 3 practical advice of training that I have never heard, aggregated by myself of my experience working closely with experts in the health and the physical state.
These tips come from coaches of bodybuilding which have been a long time experts, dietitians, physical therapists, experienced personal trainers and coaches of the elite, and are bits of good wisdom in your pocket, no matter what your sport or goals.
I am sure that you will explode your testosterone and start cutting and bulking at the same time. You see… It has to do with knowledge. Try to invest on yourself. Try to learn new things and don’t forget to hit the gym hard!
Tip No1: Know your limits
Seriously, know your personal boundaries. I do not know how many times I have seen someone leave too early or injured during the training because they simply had no idea of what were their real limits.
The idea behind the training and/or the competition is to push your thresholds to the limits to fulfill its potential. If you do not know what are your limits, how will you know what is your potential?
How to find out your limits?
It is not so easy, and it is the reason number 1 for which people hire the trainers. Experience with the variables of training until you set your comfort zone and then systematically get outside that zone to force the adaptation. If you are not out of your comfort zone, then you are not pushing enough.
Tip No2: No pain, no gain?
You might think that this myth has been told a million times, or that at least is popular, but I listen to it with surprising frequency by people that they honestly believe that they have to take their own lives each day during the training to maximize their progress.
I, therefore, do not do that!
Does your heart rate at rest is really high? Are you too sore due to your last workout that even costs you money to physicians? Did you get only a few hours of sleep last night? Do you salt taste breakfast and lunch?
Congratulations, you have just to win a day of rest. In other words: go to your home. You are not going to get another thing than an increase in the risk of injury in these conditions.
Forget to fight the pain.
The discomfort is the sign of your body that tells you that you have been too. The pain is your body that tells you what you are doing. If you are a true athlete, listen to your body.
Tip No3: The funny story of a diet low in carbohydrates for sportsmen.
It is true that monitoring the intake of carbohydrates is one of the best ways to control your weight, I do not dispute that. Even I do, and can be a powerful tool for people who need to lose a significant amount of weight. But any athlete has no need to go to the loco cutting any type of carbohydrates only by its opinion because this type of conduct in food is not sustainable for an athlete of resistance.
The crazy promoters of the diet low in carbohydrates of Atkins need a bit of common sense. Carbohydrates are absolutely essential to your diet, especially if you are an athlete.
There are no good or bad carbohydrates: simply “too many” carbs! If you are an athlete in a diet low in carbohydrates, is basically a bad thing for you. Good luck filling of the muscle glycogen stores eating a diet of protein and centered in the fat.
The next time that your instructor of running begins to touting the lifestyle amazingly low in carbohydrates that he or she carries, drop the towel immediately and change the gym.