Good morning and happy hump day, friends!
I hope you all started off 2013 with a bang yesterday and spent the day doing exactly what you wanted to do!
According to the news feed on my Facebook, many people kicked off the first day of the new year with a workout! Not me, though. I ended 2012 with a great chest and biceps workout, so I allowed my body to grow on the first day of 2013.
(most of my day was spent on the couch with this little one)
I really like referring to my “rest days” as “growth days”. I learnt this from my personal trainer.
As most of you know, in the middle of September I started training with a personal trainer at my gym here in London, ON in order to gain more confidence in and out of the gym and, hopefully, reach my goal of being in some magazines one day.
My trainer has seriously changed my life and view on training. I used to think that I had to go hard 5 – 6 days a week and then let my body rest one single day after a constant streak of heavy lifting.
When I began with my trainer I was told I would only be lifting 4 days a week because that was the training split he used throughout his entire career (and what took him to win the title of Mr. Canada in 1995).
I’ll have to admit, I was hesitant. At the time I was lifting 5 days a week and wasn’t sure how I felt about letting him take one of those days of training away from me, but I trusted him and have been only going to the gym 4 days a week since mid-September.
My trainer said it would be best if we met Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday in order to get the best results. He said this method worked for him because you work your body hard one day and then let it grow the next.
It made so much sense to me when he explained it that way!
So, that’s exactly what I do. Work, grow, work, grow, work, work, grow! I love that way of thinking, don’t you? I much prefer it to how I used to think “go all out until you can’t go anymore and your body is begging for a rest day”. Oh, I know that sounds awful, but I’m sure you’ve done it too – go hard all week and then hit a wall once Sunday rolls around. Sound familiar?
Today will be back training day and I feel confident that I will be able to give it my all since I gave my body the rest it needed and deserved yesterday!
I’m really excited for the future. I want my body to keep growing, so I’m working hard and eating a lot.
Bring on the gains, 2013!
What is your approach to training? Do you give your body the rest it needs?
How many days a week do you train?
Questions about training are the most frequent type I receive. Remember, I am not a professional, personal trainer, etc., but I am willing to share with you experiences that have worked for me, so feel free to ask me questions if you have.
Have a great day, friends!
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