How to Achieve Your Best Body

1. Patience

Of course, no one like to hear this, but it takes time. I'm still making progress and I've been training consistently for 20+ years. You'll typically feel better before you see physical changes. You'll typically get stronger before you add muscle. Understanding this - focus on the way you're feeling after your workouts and increasing your weights and reps each workout.

2. Nutrition Should be Your #1 Priority

You are what you eat. Your body is a reflection of what you put inside of it. Knowing that, you can't outtrain a bad diet. Poor food choices will add stress to your system. Adding workouts to compensate for your bad diet will add even more stress to your system. You're setting yourself up for an eventual breakdown. Don't do it. Eat well 80% of the time, and leave some room for some treats and drinks to keep you sane.

3. Basic Strength Training Should be #2

Never get away from doing presses, rows, squats, deadlifts and lunges. Fad workouts will come and go. Bodies have been built for years with the basics. Sure, it's hard work, and that's why some people avoid it. These lifts will build the most muscle and strength. They will also initiate your body to produce testosterone and growth hormone - two hormones associated with strength, muscle and fat loss.

4. Cardio Should Be Supplementary

If your goal is aesthetic, then cardio work should only be supplementary. Unfortunately, a lot of people make cardio the focus of their program, and only strength train 1-2x/week. Cardio burns calories, nothing more. If you do interval training, you can ramp up your metabolism after the workout. But it won't build muscle or change the shape of your body. 

5. Manage Stress

If you're doing all of the above, but you're existing at a very high level of stress, you're going to make it very hard to achieve your best body. Stress can come from work, family, money - you name it. But your workout is also a stressor too. Too much stress doesn't allow you to recover properly from your workouts. Too much stress negatively impacts sleep. So...if you're piling stressor upon stressor upon're going to break!

6. Align Your Goals With Your Lifestyle

What are you willing to sacrifice? Set realistic aesthetic, health and fitness goals based on how much time you spend in the gym and how you eat. You don't have to have a 6 pack or bulging biceps - you can still be perfectly healthy without either!

I hope this helps you as much as it has helped my clients.

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