5. Muscle Soreness is Not the Best Way to Judge Your Workout

Muscle soreness is a direct result of small breaks in the muscle fibres during your training session, but soreness is an unreliable measurement tool. Yes, it probably means that your workout has reached a higher level, but keep in mind that if you worked out for the first time in a year, you’d be sore, regardless of your workout’s effectiveness.

Also, effective and consistent training often produce less soreness as you progress. That doesn’t mean your workouts are losing effectiveness. It simply means you’re getting stronger

4. Supplements are Only One Part of an Effective Program

Healthy eating will always be more beneficial than taking supplements. They do exactly that “supplement” your daily food intake. If your eating is in place then they will help assist in the whole equation, but do not be fooled that they are the answer to it all.

3. Intensity is the Key to Growth

The foundation of all good training programs is their intensity, regardless of whether they’re long or short, split or whole-body programs. All training should be a sprint, not a marathon. The more you “sprint,” the more effective your training will be. Training in a marathon-like manner nets you less progress in a longer period of time.

You’ll be surprised by just how much your performance in the gym will improve when you are locked in. Some people require tough love to understand this.

2. Your Mind is the Most Important Muscle to Engage

Having the right mindset is the key to effective training. Most guys believe they are “working hard” in the gym even when that’s not the case.

It’s my job as Personal Trainer to help my clients to discover what you are capable of achieving. I take that role seriously. You have to be completely focused on every rep, completely tuned in to every muscle. You also have to believe in yourself and what you do. You can engage all the muscle fibres you want, but you won’t see dramatic results unless you engage your mind first.

1. Don’t Underestimate the Importance of Nutrition

Good training isn’t just what you do with your body; it’s also what you feed your body. You’ve all seen guys who work out like mad but their bodies just don’t show the results you’d expect. This is usually because they lack the nutrients to get those results.

Experts say that the way you eat accounts for as much as 80 percent of how you look. My experience bears this out, to the extent that if I had to choose between working out and good nutrition, I would take good nutrition. Learn the important basics of good nutrition and follow them consistently! This is why I talk about nutrition so often to my clients.