Bodybuilders are always searching for the best training program. If you search the internet, you will find hundreds of hits from people claiming their training program is the best. While some swear on adding hours on their current program, others might have experiment with newer routines to push the extra mile. So which one is the best training program that gives the best results in the shortest period of time?
The truth is, all programs work as long as you put ample time and effort into it. Hard work is the key here. As long as you are working hard and being consistent at it, your training program is bound to work and deliver the results that you are looking for.
Shocked? We know you are. You don’t need the best or perfect training program. The truth is, you can even design your own program, based on your individual needs, body time and resilience. And since you know your strengths and limits, it will be the perfect one for you.
Here are a few key steps that will help you build your training program:
1. There is no Such Thing as a Perfect Routine
You must have seen thousands of videos that claim to be ‘the’ perfect routine out there. But that is crap. There is no such thing as the perfect routine, because everyone’s body, attitude and pace is different. You should not get stuck in a rut and blindly follow one training program. That will get you nowhere.
You need to spice up the training program according to your needs. Evolve your training program with time, as you experiment and learn what’s working best for you and what’s not. This will help you gain success as well as keep your energy levels up!
2. Set Goals
One of the best ways to organize your training program and tracking your progress is getting a goals calendar up. Set goals for yourself: both daily ones as well as long term deliverables.. Long-term goals are important for building your own training program, as well as giving yourself that much needed bout of motivation that your hard work is finally paying off!
It will take months, or maybe years for you to reach your full potential, so stay steady and don’t give up. There are no shortcuts to a great bod, so keep your goals big but practical at the same time.
3. Basics are the Perfect Way to Start
If you are a beginner or even an intermediate bodybuilder, you should stick to the basics. A lot of builders are attracted towards the fancy exercises. They can make their way into your routine once you have reached the advanced level. Stick to the basics as it will lead you towards the road of success.
4. Add Weight as you go
Do you know what most people forget? Adding weight. Seriously, right? How are you supposed to build muscles if you don’t push yourself? If you are getting into a rut, getting too comfortable and lifting the same weights every other day, it is time to shake up things and push a little more.
And it does not end there either. For you to build muscles, you need to put some extra time as well.
5. Don’t forget the well-rounded approach!
While you may be tempted to carry on an existing routine that you have fallen into, remember that the ideal training program is always well rounded, balanced and symmetrical. Losing out equilibrium will only backfire in the long run and also put unnecessary pressure and stress on your body. So even if it’s your leg day, don’t forget to do a few back exercises or two. Similarly, work out different parts of your body separately too, like both your arms, hamstrings, glutes, etc.
6. Don’t Live in the Fantasy World!
While you may be expecting fast results, always remember that change does not happen overnight. It takes time and hard work to build muscles. Don’t believe in those myths that you will be all buff just after a few weeks of exercise. It will take time. Don’t have unrealistic expectations, because they will only end in disappointment. Work out consistently and you will be seeing positive results soon!
7. Your Body Knows Best
Respect your body’s limits and don’t push yourself too hard. Putting too much pressure not only affects your motivation, but you may also end up injuring yourself. If you feel too pushed or stressed to take on more pressure, stop and listen to what your body is telling you and take breaks. However, don’t take long periods off from the gym because you don’t feel like working out. Make a steady schedule that takes into account your body’s resilience and strength.
8. Fuel Your Way Ahead
Once again, no matter what type of training program you follow, make sure you are pumped up with proper diet, nutrition, rest and sleep. Nothing can be more disastrous than hours of training without the necessary strength in your body. Eat healthy, and enjoy the effort you are putting in! After all, at the end of the day, it is all about keeping yourself fit.
9. Time Your Routine Right!
Efficient timing is one of the simplest things that can make even the simplest of training programs great! Try and do the important, strenuous exercises first, when you are more active and ready to take on tougher challenges. Heavy squats, for example, require more strength and focus and therefore should be done in the beginning. The lighter and simpler exercises should be done towards the end.
Last but definitely not the least, hard work is the most important factor and key to definite success here. As long as you work hard and stay focused on your goals, any custom training program you begin is bound to work. Best of luck!
Written By: Elevate Nutrition Founders, Jillian Salomone and Paul Salomone