As I’m writing this, my second article for celebzter.com, I’m recovering from jet lag after returning to London from Las Vegas, where I was training at Xtreme Couture. Xtreme Couture is a mixed martial arts gym owned by former light heavyweight and heavyweight UFC champion, Randy Couture!
Randy was one of the stars of Sylvester Stallone’s The Expendables, and he appears in the summers’ sequel The Expendables 2. Anyway, I had a great time training there for six of the seven days I was in Sin City. They have the best coaches there and you best check your ego at the entrance if you go there, as there is so much to learn and it would only get in your way.
Randy is a very humble guy and the more humble you are the better fighter/athlete you tend to be. Speaking of Mr. Stallone, I’ve had the pleasure of meeting him twice. The first in London which was very brief, but I remember he was curious about who I was, which stunned me! The second time was much more formal and was in Beverly Hills, in my favorite restaurant Spago owned by Wolfgang Puck (you got to love Wolfgang, he has all the A- listers in his place but treats you the same, I love it there) .
Mr. Stallone said to me he was glad he met me there after he finished a business meeting and he came over to the bar where I was drinking with my friend Connie and her friends.
Anyway, jet lag aside I’m very happy to be writing my second article on here for you!
In this article I want to focus on the basic ingredients of following a healthy fitness regimen, no matter what level of fitness you currently are, or what your goals are be whether they getting fit/losing weight/maintaining or advancing yourself!
Firstly, let me deal with the all important mind, it’s very important you have the right attitude towards your goals because without it you are like a boat in the sea without a sail. I would like you to share this with you! Success is failure turned inside out, the silver tints of the clouds of doubt, you never know how close you are to it, maybe nearer when it seems so afar, so stick to the fight with your hardest hit, it’s when things seem at their worst you must not quit!
An indomitable spirit is needed in your fitness endeavours, you develop this with each step you take towards your target goal. This is the glue that holds everything together or another analogy is, it’s the foundation of your house it has to be strong or it will surely collapse under pressure!
VARIETY is not only the spice of life but it keeps your body from getting too accustomed to one specific exercise which then has the effect of not burning as many calories as you do when your body doesn’t know what to expect.
Try to mix cardiovascular exercise ie running/cycling/power walking with some kind of resistance training i.e free weights/machine weights/kettle bells or some kind of resistance tubing. Once or twice a week try to include some kind of interval training in your routine where you incorporate intense bursts of energy for anything between 10 seconds to 2 minutes at 90 – 100 % effort depending on what you’re doing!
Remember you can’t SPOT REDUCE i.e ” I only want to lose it off my butt ” you have the work the body as a whole to achieve the result in the areas you desire most.RECOVERY is as important as the working out, make sure you have your recovery days worked into your routine. If you’re not feeling great take time out but make sure its a physical thing not a mental thing as the latter you can push through but the former you may injury or severely overtrain forcing you to rest for an extended length of time. SLEEP, in any challenging workout plan you need to get as much shuteye as you can or you won’t replenish your energy stores and your become unmotivated!
Be good to yourself. Surround yourself with POSITIVE ENERGY be it music/books or friends/family/partners but if you can’t then turn the negative into positive fuel to push you, don’t let it hold you back or stop you. There is no better revenge than success so use it to your advantage!
Try to cut out carbohydrates in the evening and just have protein instead. Try not to eat too late and give yourself plenty of time to digest your food before you go to bed. Eat good quality longterm carbohydrates during the day like my favorite wholemeal pita bread (without butter or other toppings). Try to restrict it, if you can’t cut out your alcohol usage, drink orange juice or water in social settings and your “friends” should understand your health routine is important to you, so don’t feel peer pressured into social drinking!
Goal Set… have short-term, medium and long-term goals. Write them down and review them as you reach a new level.
This can be really empowering and infuse more positive drive into your mindset. These are the basic ingredients I try to instill into my classes and clients when people come to me and I’m going to apply the same method to you the readers as you follow me on celebzter.com… I am your guide!
I aim to give you a strong foundation and gradually build you up in your time spent following me on here. You should be looking to workout at least 3 times a week, the time of day isn’t important as long as you get something in!
Remember this, HEALTH is your most important asset, without it your quality of life can be extremely restricted. It’s a shame that a lot of people only start working out after a health scare. If you think you don’t have the time, make the time. It will only improve all the other areas of your life.
Invest in yourself, working out is also fantastic for giving you “ME” time, and what I mean by that is, it’s the only time you can be really selfish and not feel guilty about it!
Until next time
Jay Darrell Ingleton JDI
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