One of the most important factors that I always stress to people is to think about their workouts in the long-term. For instance, my idea of working out is for life, not a thirty-day quick fix. I want to be able to move my body and stay strong my entire life and the best way to do that is to think of the long-term benefits of working out.
I am not trying to lose thirty pounds under any kind of time frame, I am not trying to push myself to the limit in every workout, I am simply focusing my energy into the movements that I perform each day and reach a rep goal – I have a rep goal for every workout.
If you are focused on losing weight and you want to lose say ten pounds in the next thirty days then this puts an enormous amount of pressure on you, you will feel stressed when it comes to your diet and your workout because you know if you get it wrong then you won’t reach your goal.
It is so much better to lose that weight over a longer period of time. This takes the pressure off of you, you won’t have to keep pushing yourself in your workouts until you feel exhausted just to try to lose some more pounds. That is not the right way to train, you will feel de-motivated and fatigued after your workout.
Training below this level you will still reap the rewards of your efforts and you will feel refreshed and alert, energised and happy. Feeling like this and you will actually begin to look forward to your workouts rather than dread them.
You only need to add 1 or 2 reps in each workout. You will progress slowly and steadily without expecting too much of yourself. It is far better to err on the side of caution when pushing yourself and leave some energy in the bank ready for your next workout rather than risk an injury which can set you back for months.
Training like this will give you more confidence in yourself, you aren’t in competition with anyone but yourself, so there isn’t any point in trying to kill yourself in your workouts. Leave enough room in your reps so you could complete another two reps before reaching complete failure.
I am not saying take it easy, you must test yourself in every workout that you do, but leaving those 2 reps will give you an edge, it will leave you with energy and make you feel great after your workout. You will be much more likely to look forward to your next workout rather than dread it.