Gym Workout Prioritization and Setting Goals
People tend to flock towards gyms with a couple occasions, such as the impending beach season or a lot of remorse after a holiday season where the table was fur the appetite was grand. However, there are also a lot of people that constantly go to the gym without a special occasion, just because they enjoying staying in shape.
Across all categories of people going to the gym, you can see people that work everything. Every part of their body is being worked out and submitted to rigorous training so that in the end they can proudly stand tall and say “yes, I achieved my goal”. By this little introduction, you might think that doing that is a bad thing. Not at all. But you have to keep in mind that while people want their entire bodies to look great, there are areas of the body that they want to get there the most.
In that sense, it is important to set fitness goals for yourself and figure out what exactly you want to achieve by going to the gym. Or for that matter, working out from home, because the location is less important. It is the fact that you have committed to bettering yourself and your body. To get a little more specific here, if you do a full body workout at the same intensity, results will come without a doubt.
However, the body changes as much as you work it towards change. If you want a killer 6-pack, you should focus more on abs training. How to do that? Simple. Just cut out some of your workout allocated time and use it to do extra reps or extra exercises that revolve around abs. To further expand on this, you can also take into consideration the fact that not all muscle groups develop at the same rate and speed. Some are more pretentious than others and require extra dedication anyway. A factor that influences this is the size of that respective muscle group.
Also, don’t be afraid to focus on muscle groups that aren’t considered as important by the crowd, or that most people don’t value that much. Don’t fall into the mentality of working out what others think its best. You will see professional athletes and gym veterans’ workout muscle groups you might have not even considered, such as calves. Calves are a very pretentious muscle group, and require a lot of effort in order for results to be visible.
The same thing can be done for legs. Just focus a little less on getting bicep strength (we’re not saying “ignore biceps” or “biceps are not important” here) and dedicate more time to that bench press winking at you from the corner. There is a balance between actively attempting to perfect and passively maintain what you have already achieved or gained. In this sense, once you manage to get a specific part of your body to look and feel just right, according to your own agenda, you can tone down that specific workout part so that it will get demoted to a “maintenance” routine. Now you can maintain your newfound muscles while working towards getting another part of your body up and going, according to your priorities.
Some might find it hard to start working out in general and that’s understandable. Today’s society subconsciously impacts our mentality and twists our sense of alright and not alright. However, that shouldn’t stop you from doing what’s best for you. There are plenty sources of inspiration out there that can help you overcome your doubts. There have been countless success stories about people that managed to thrive despite crippling obstacles laid in their way. From amputees that never gave up on the sport they love or elderly enthusiasts that defied all odds to build a killer body, many have said “no” to anyone that told them “you can’t do this”. The best thing about working out in general is that gyms aren’t going anywhere, anytime soon. And even if they would, you can still workout using just your body, and your body is still going to be there when you wake up (hopefully).