Challenge What You’ve Been Taught With Common Sense.
Let’s be honest. Most of us are simply not elite athlete material. Maybe it’s genetics, or perhaps it’s age, but it’s highly unlikely that most of us reading this article will be gracing the cover of muscle mag next week. I would gather that the biggest likely reason any of us want to get buff is because of vanity or the desire to attract attention from the ladies or gents that give you a reason for doing all manor of things…being fit is just one of the things you do. It’s later you discover it just feels great to be healthy regardless of any other possible outcomes. So maybe doing what the elite athletes do doesn’t make sense for most of us.
Here’s A Way To Get Results For The Most Of Us….
Train For Everything
A common training method is periodization, or progressing through different “phases.” For example, one month you might work on building strength, the next month on upping your endurance.
Scrap that way of thinking, says Viada. It’s not necessary for the average person. Do “hybrid training” instead.
“I like to have people work on everything concurrently,” he explains. “That allows the average guy to improve across the board—in strength, power, and endurance—without interruption.”
In an average week, Montgomery would focus on long-distance cardio one day, weights and high-intensity cardio another day, and then lifting with an easy cardio cooldown on another day.
This type of training allowed Montgomery to improve in every facet of his fitness. He hit personal records on powerlifts and decreased his 5K time from 30 to 22 minutes. “The fact that I look a lot better is just a nice side effect,” says Montgomery.
Hybrid training has other benefits besides just making you a well-rounded, sculpted athlete. “If you only have one thing you’re training for, it’s much easier to get derailed psychologically if something goes wrong,” says Viada. But if you’re working toward improving a variety of skills, then a small setback in one area—like an injury that affects your running—won’t sideline you, he says.
Don’t Fear Food
Getting ripped doesn’t mean you have to cut a ton of calories and carbs. In fact, Kashey increased Montgomery’s intake of both.
“Jonathan was lifting and running, working out five to six days a week,” says Kashey. “He was eating about 3,000 calories, and that just wasn’t enough for all that work.”
Your body needs fuel so you can get stronger and faster. So Kashey had Montgomery eat about 400 more calories from carbs each day—and it was then that Montgomery saw his body begin to morph.
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