Bodybuilding Ammunition For ‘UBER’ Productive Workouts (Part 2)

March 28, 2014 by  
Filed under The Fitness Bug

Welcome to part 2 buggers!

As you know from yesterdays post, it really is about being productive in your workouts, otherwise everything from working out consistently and intensely to sticking to the right meal plan will just go to waste. So again, the devil is in the detail.

One question that I always seem to silently ask myself, which is constantly on my mind is,

‘ Am I actually getting fit. Am I actually improving my health’

In the early days it was all about ‘not trying to grow to much muscle mass, otherwise it may turn into fat’. A statement which in itself makes absoultely no sense at all, as both muscle and fat are both completly different. But hey, I was younger and dumber. With time, I realised that what I really wanted to avoid was growing to a size which would place me in the unfit club.

The only way to avoid this is by doing more cardio based exercises in your workouts. But as this article explains, it’s all about finding a balance. And the balance that you (the stayfitbug reader) will want is to do the right amount of cardio without jeopardizing your muscle gaining efforts. One way that you can gauge this is by using a…

Heart Rate Monitor

This is the perfect tool for this scenario for quite a few reasons

  1. It will allow you to monitor the level of intensity you are putting out
  2. It will show you how ‘fit’ or ‘unfit’ you really are
  3. It will allow you to pace yourself towards your set goal and within the time frame that you have set. This prevents you from doing too much, or from doing too little.
  4. In terms of actual health and your heart (which I have always been concerned with), it will let you know how hard you are pushing and will tell you when to increase, stay put or decrease your level of output. So not only will you be maintaining a healthy heart, you will be doing just the right amount of cardio for your weightlifting workout.

Write Down What You Do In Your Workout

Again? Didn’t you tell us to do that in this post?

Yes I did. But now you are going to take it one step further. Now that you have got into the habit of writing things down, you will now use this data to workout what it is that you have to do next to progress effectively. Kind of like a prequel to being a visualizing bodybuilder. You will use this to construct your game plan. ‘This’ is the game plan that you will visualize!

But to do this effectively you will do two things.

1. Have your game plan written down, visualize doing it and then perform it.

2. Write down what you did that day and compare the two.

You will need to do this because you won’t perform your game plan to perfection every single time. Perfection simply does not exist. But there is no harm in aiming for ‘near’ perfection… it will just take time. And this is one effective way of doing that. You will be able to see in plain site where you are going wrong and how you can go about correcting it. But best of all, you will be able to workout how you can be more productive.

The key things to monitor will be your rest periods between sets. I can bet that if your workouts are currently an hour long on average, you probably aren’t working out with the level of intensity that you have seen me describe here.

Workout Like A Barbarian

And if that is the case, then you aren’t being productive in your workouts. If you do manage to trim that time down to 30 minutes, then I know you will be doing something right… becasue you won’t have the energy to leave a comment at the end of this post. But if you are a real barbarian, then I’ll see you in the comments!

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