Training for aesthetics is great, but often times people don’t really know what they want. They see a picture of a celebrity or someone on Instagram and think ” I want to look like that”
Unfortunately most of the times people like the idea more than they like the process.
There’s nothing wrong with having goals to look better, but the key to achieving those goals is to focus on your performance. When your performance improves your physique will have no other option but to improve as well.
Here are 7 reasons why you should focus on performance to hit your aesthetic goals:
#1 Youll be less likely to cut calories
Slashing calories is everyones go to in order to lose weight. Generally what happens is people can’t maintain such a low amount of food they end up “cheating” and spinning their wheels over and over again. Instead, focus on fueling yourself for your performance in the gym. Youll be able to push yourself harder, have less mental anguish and still achieve your ideal physique.
#2 Youll stay safer:
To train properly you will have to focus on performance, striving to put more weight on the bar, or by accomplishing more reps is only going to make you stronger. The stronger you are, the stronger your bones and heart become, not to mention how much more efficient your entire body will be. When you’re healthier and stronger inside its only a matter of time before your body changes on the outside.
#3 Youll be getting stronger:
I may already sound like a broken record when it comes to strength but it can’t be stated enough. When you get stronger you have no choice but to gain muscle ( no you won’t look bulky) the more muscle you have the higher your metabolism turning you into a fat burning machine.
#4 Youll have better hormone levels and less stress:
The process of losing fat is stressful. Our body doesn’t like being in “starvation” mode, which is essentially how most people lose fat. What tends to happen is our hormones get out of whack and we don’t operate at optimum levels. Instead, we should be focusing on fueling ourselves for performance. By eating more and pushing ourselves to our maximum inside the gym we set our bodies up to run as optimally as possible, not to mention the mental side of things, the more we focus on performance the less we stress about having to eat such little food. Focus on the number on your barbell, not the scale!
#5 Youll be less likely to reward yourself with food:
Research shows that when people are motivated to work out they usually aren’t successful as they end up cracking and binging on foods they deprive themselves of.
In contrast, people who focused on performance and train with a purpose ( for fun, to get strong, to accomplish an event) don’t tend to compensate by indulging in more food. Training for muscle and performance actually helps you be a champion. It helps you kick start even better behaviors in other endeavors in your life.
#6 You might actually fall in love with training:
When you start training for performance its common to discover the wealth of strength you have inside yourself. Once you tap into it, you will literally transform every aspect of your life for the better. The key to sustaining a healthy life is to fall in love with the process.
#7 Youll be using the best training methods possible to fat loss:
It just so happens that training for strength and all around athletic performance you’ll be using the very best training methods for fat loss.
Heres the deal: Any time you want to use exercise for fat loss your first goal should be to elevate your resting metabolic rate by increasing lean muscle mass so you burn more calories every day.
Second, you want to train in a way that causes a lot of metabolic disturbance because it will increase post exercise energy expenditure, or essentially the amount of calories your body utilizes during the recovery.
The key is to focus on challenging yourselves and pushing your limits.
“If we all did things we were capable of we would astound ourselves”
If you want to see what your capable of, come try our Small Group Sweat fitness classes, where we use a specific exercise ranking system to help you measure and gauge your fitness levels in the gym, which after reading this article you know is the key to developing your ideal physique.
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