There comes a time in a gentleman’s life when he realizes that his physical health and physique are important. In this moment, he may feel the need to lift some weights, jog on the treadmill for a few miles, or (if he’s bold) take a workout class of some sort. But hey, let’s face it- exercising can be a pain. Especially when your never-ending cycle of weight lifting or treadmilling has left you without results and even worse- bored. Whether you lift big like The Rock or prefer to take a more Richard Simmons approach to exercise, there is one thing that is essential to becoming the most in shape you: change.
“Change is good”, the cliché of all clichés, applicable to anyone going through a breakup, getting a drastic haircut, or even just ordering a different sandwich from Subway. However, it is super relevant to your workout regimen. Sticking with a workout plan is very important, but being able to change it up is even more important. When you do the same type of exercises for a long period of time, your muscles reach a plateau. Meaning they get comfortable with what you’re doing and don’t need to work as hard, therefore, inhibiting their growth. What does this mean for you? Less results and less motivation to continue on. This is when you need to change up your plan. To:
Surpass your plateau.
Get better results.
Avoid getting bored.
Luckily, there are millions of ways to go about this. All you need is a little determination, and maybe a cool new pair of kicks. That always helps! Here are a few ideas for you to try.
1) Revert To Your Old Ways
Sometimes going back to a routine that you have used in the past is a perfect way to rev up your results. If it has been a while, it’ll be as if it a completely new workout.
2) Use Fun To Your Advantage
There are fun things to do in this world (besides buying clothes) that actually help you get in shape. Adding in a hike, going kayaking, hitting up one of those cool trampoline parks, or playing a sport recreationally are all great ways to burn extra calories and beat that plateau.
3) Find Inspiration
Pick up a copy of a men’s fitness magazine or check out Internet for new ideas. These platforms are all loaded with new workout routines that can help you change it up.
4) Get A Workout Buddy
No, not from craigslist. Start lifting with a friend of yours who has a different workout style than you. Working out with a friend can help motivate you and the change in routine will challenge your muscles.
5) Take A Class
Workout classes come in all shapes and sizes. For example, there's CrossFit, spin, or Zumba classes. They can be really freaking hard, but are a good way to spice up your routine.
Changing up your workout is essential to continue your progress and advance toward your individual health goals. Even small changes can yield big results that you will be able to see. Boredom should never be an option, whether it relates to your clothes, to your life, or to your workout. Don’t fear change, embrace it.
By Max Rutcofsky for The Urban Gent
1. Best workout to get fit and in shape quickly?
2. Advice on how to integrate fitness into a busy schedule?
3. Foods that will aid in slimming down -and- foods that help when wanting to bulk up?
If you’re looking to gain mass: increase your lean protein intake– chicken breast baked (not fried)! Fish and turkey are great foods to increase and sustain muscle mass!
4. What are some of the benefits of your Special “Me & My Chair: The No Excuses Workout” workouts?
5. Let’s say an urban gentleman only has 10 minutes to workout per day, he wants to slim down a little and tone his muscles,what should he do?
Jump outta bed and do 30 push ups, 30 crunches, 30 sit ups, 30 squats, 30 lunges per leg! REPEAT until the 10 minutes are up! Watch what you eat.. that means make clean quality choices when eating! As your body gets use to this workout increase your reps and speed!
6. Top 5 singular workouts? Top 5 foods to eat?
Push ups, squats, sit ups, dips, pull ups!
Turkey, Oatmeal, Eggs, Chicken, Spinach!
7. Anything extra you want to add?
Drink water. Why? It flushes your body and reduces water retention by flushing the system continuously! Enjoy this spring and summer gentlemen, and “be better than yesterday”.
Celebrity Trainer Dolvett Quince
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