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Over these years we’ve fielded countless questions about working out and everything in between. Below is a list of 21 of the most frequently asked ones.
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The Questions About Working Out We Hear the Most
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Short answer: You’ve got to have goals that are measurable and time-bound. And motivation must come within, not from someone or something else.
Short answer: Don’t get caught up talking about restarting, just restart, but build up slowly.
Short answer: Similar to the above, find a program, start slow, and get into a consistent schedule. Good news about restarting after a long time off, you’ll see results fairly quickly.
Short answer: Depends on the goal, your adherence, nutrition, and mindset, but you generally speaking, you can start to see noticeable improvements in body composition and performance around a month.
Short answer: Too many to list, but the most important factor is making sure you’re hitting them from every angle.
Short answer: Yes, but if you want to pack on muscle and build actual strength and not just muscular endurance, you’ll need to start throwing around some weights.
Short answer: Depends on how well you know how your body reacts to food.
Short answer: Nope. Strength training will make it a whole lot easier.
Short answer: It could a million things, but it’s highly possible it’s a weak core. That’s very fixable.
Short answer: You’re going to see the most results from consistent exercise and a healthy diet. That’s not to say supplements can’t help, but it’s a very small percentage.
Short answer: “Healthy” is different than conducive for weight loss. For example, avocados are incredibly healthy, but they are high in fat and if you’re eating 100 avocados in a day, you’re eating too much fat. Same applies for anything else. Portion control is key.
Short answer: Five to 10 minutes or so. Just enough to loosen up. Make sure to move dynamically and save the static stretching for the end of your workouts.
Short answer: Good nutrition, hydration, and gentle movement is the best course of action, but there are some other things that could help a little.
Short answer: Watch out for dressings, sauces, glazes, oils, etc. Chances are the carbohydrate portions will be too much as well.
Short answer: Whenever works for your schedule to be consistent.
Short answer: Definitely a couple days per week to keep your muscles strong to avoid injury. It may take some guessing and testing to find the right balance for you.
Short answer: Eat small amounts throughout the day.
Short answer: Because I like the primal feel to it.
Short answer: Yes, but you’ll need to find the right balance as it can be counterproductive or cause you to overtrain.
Short answer: Depends if you’re focusing on strength, power, endurance, hypertrophy.
Short answer: Depends. Constantly training to failure can be overtaxing and hurt recovery, but not training to failure could mean you’re not pushing or challenging yourself enough to see gains.
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