If you really want to make physical gains at the gym with your cardio or strength training, you are going to have to push yourself to your limits, and perhaps even beyond! It’s not just a case of doing more reps than you usually would, it’s a mixture of mental and physical limit stretching.
Most of us are limited early on in life and learn to believe that we are unable to break those limiting chains. You might be of the conditioned mindset that you’ll never get the perfect six pack abs or be able to run long distances. I’m about to tell you how to break those chains that are holding you back from reaching your goals that other people may have led you to believe were impossible.
There are some basic things that do practically limit you:
These factors are in a state of balance. Put one out of whack (say you don’t get enough sleep one night) and another will falter (so you lose motivation) which in turn causes you to be limited to what you can achieve.
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Below is a short list of factors that can have a really big effect on you steaming ahead to reach your goals by pushing beyond your limits.
- Start small – It’s great to be ambitious but you have to remember that even the fastest Olympic running champion started by running a 5k and took it from there. Your body will let you know when it has been pushed too far with aches, sprains and even breaks! Let’s not go there.
- Make your goals public – Dream of bench pressing that bit more or a heavier dead-lift? Start by telling your buddies at the gym. This feeds into your level of motivation. It is easy to give up if you are the only one who knows your goals, whereas your buddies will hold you accountable.
- Train with a partner – Some men tend to workout alone, but if you don’t have a partner to train with I highly recommend it. You can help each other towards your goals. It can also help you to avoid over-training as sometimes a fresh pair of eyes can tell these things better than you can on your own.
- Rest – Your bodies natural rhythm thrives on being pushed to the limit, then rested. As the saying goes: “Rest and repeat”. Think of it like HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training). This involves alternating between more hardcore bursts of weight lifting or cardio, with lower impact rest period exercise. Also make sure you are resting outside of the gym to allow your body to create new muscle fibers and improve your strength.
- Fuel your body – You need a lot of protein to build muscle, so a clean, protein rich diet is a must.
- Try new things – Physically and mentally, trying new things for a couple of days can help shake things up and catapult you towards your goals.Keeping your body guessing will aid you in boosting fat burn, muscle gains and strength. Your motivation levels will thank you, as sometimes it is nice to do something out of the norm. If you’re feeling the strain you might even take a 2-3 day rest break of walking with your family for example, to clear your head and regain focus.
- Go with the flow – Your motivation ebbs and flows. Try to identify when you feel most motivated and recreate the conditions and experiences that cause added motivation.