A phrase that is about as old school as the people saying it, 'No Pain, No Gain' but does this way of thinking actually help us build and sculpt a better body? How many of you have heard this term being used in the gym because the mentality is that if it isn't hurting then you won't be growing, is this true? Is the best way for you to grow through beasting yourself in the gym and only stopping when it hurts? Well, read on to see what I think and what your mentality should be like in order for you to achieve your best results....
In The Gym
It should come as no shock that when you are exercising, you are in the gym and this is your time to give 100% by concentrating solely on your session! The moment you walk through the door of your gym I want you to forget about what has happened in the day, any stresses or worries and also forget what you are going to be doing after the session. So while in the changing rooms, or during your warm up use this time to get you 'in the zone' so that you are mentally prepared for what is about to happen. Tell yourself before you step in the weight area, cardiovascular area or class that you are going to give nothing but 100%.
Stress The Muscles
Interesting fact, it doesn't matter if you are trying to achieve a muscular physique or a leaner one, you need to stress your body in a good way when you are exercising to notice change. How many of you have exercised for 10 minutes a day working at 20% of your maximum throughout the session and seen considerable difference? Yeah me neither! It doesn't happen which means you have to step your game up in order to see results. This means your sessions may not be as enjoyable as you thought because you may need to increase the intensity at which you work at.
No Pain No Gain
Although this saying exists, I don't necessarily agree with it because it isn't always about putting yourself through vast amounts of pain to notice a difference. However, I do believe you need to do enough to work your body in a manner which means you are keeping it under constant stress and tension. Therefore, the concept of working to your maximum and the session feeling horrid could see some gains which you are unlikely to see if you do not work hard enough. The fact is, you should be feeling uncomfortable during your session and it should hurt, but never to the point where you could injure yourself.
How You Should Feel
I guess it is easy for me to sit here and write that you should be giving 100% but what does this look and feel like? Ultimately it is going to vary from person to person but on the whole, you should be walking out of your gym session like you cannot give anymore. The feeling when you just want to sit down, stop or literally can't do anymore is always a great sign you have reached your limit. If you weight train, it should be the feeling that you physically cannot perform another rep due to the amount of lactic acid which has built up in the area you are working on.
Now, you are feeling fatigued and you have just put yourself through your version of hell, what do you do? Well the first thing I would advise you do is drink a whey protein shake which is full of protein and amino acids that can help begin the recovery process! Depending on how much you sweat during your session will determine whether you will also benefit from using an electrolyte drink that is going to replenish your balance in your system. When you exercise you ultimately go into an acidic state because you are breaking down muscle fibres and there is a build up of lactic acid. After your session you need to recover and make sure you are resetting your body and the best way of doing this is through an electrolyte blend which contains a good amount of potassium, magnesium and sodium to re hydrate you.
Is there such a thing as No Pain, No Gain? Well, my version of it is just working your butt off every day and you will soon achieve your goal physique!!