Tip # 1 - Staying Consistent With Tracking Macros 

Alot of times, we wonder how can we monitor what we eat, numerically, and maintain that number each day to meet our fitness/nutritional goals. That’s where tracking calories and macros comes into play. (How to track macros - a chapter in Garbear Guide to Proper Nutrition. Available under “Products” tab).

Be it writing them down daily or simply entering them into an app, this can become very tedious. And you may end up losing interest all together on recording this data. 

How to stay on top of it AND not feel like you’re doing the same boring task each day? Select a few hours of the day (i.e 9 am, 12 pm, 4pm etc) and use these selected hours to plug in all the foods you ate. That way you don’t have to continuously stop what you’re doing to enter things in. Just be sure to remember what you are eating in the hours in between!

Tip # 2 - Don’t Forget Cardio

Cardio can be such a neglected part of many people’s programs, especially when the goal is to put on muscle. I’ll always stress this, cardio should be a must! Whether it’s a 5-10 minute warm up outside or a 1 hour circuit program. Your muscles have a limited amount of oxygen they can utilize. We call this VO2 max. The better your cardio system is the more oxygen your muscles can hold and use while at work. 

Not only this, but you also release endorphins during exercises like running. Which are great for your mood! 

All in all, spending time to get blood circulating through your joints and muscles is an extremely important factor in everyday life, as we were never meant to be sedentary beings. 

Tip #3 Knowing when to Push Yourself 

As the saying goes, “Your worst enemy is Yourself”. This is understanding that our own internal conflicts are what hold us back from getting over the hard climb of that mountain. Simply put, if you want to grow, get stronger etc., you need to leave your comfort zone. 

Your body only adapts to as much stress as you will it, so once your body reaches the current threshold you’re training at, you will either maintain where you’re training level is, or need to go up. 

Remember, if you’re unsure or scared to go up, you don’t have to do extreme jumps. Try 5-10 pound increases. Track your progress, listen to your body, and don’t let other people get into your head too much. Happy liftings!  

Tip #4 Training in Different Planes

Moving linearly (front, back left and right) are standard motions were all taught to do, especially when we begin working out. But one thing that many people forget to do when they begin is move in different directions. Whether it’s sideways crab walks with a resistance band, bear crawls or sideways lunges, the body was originally meant to stay moving. It also keeps your joints in tip top shape and you’ll have less “my muscles are too tight” problems down the road.