TDL Frequently Asked Questions 2
TDL Fitness received a lot of positive feedback from its last FAQ article and so we are going to bring it back for a second go. Here are some FAQs from our clients, members and others. We hope it helps:
How often do I have to go to the gym a week?
From what has been discussed in articles TDL Fitness believes that the maximum amount of times you can workout a week is 7 days a week, once a day as long as you workout to a clever and efficient way. In terms of the minimum amount which is a more common question the answer is at least 3 days a week. Any less than 3 days would make working out not efficient no matter how hard you workout and the motivation to workout would be doomed.
Should I do cardio before or after resistance (weight) training?
The general answer to this question is to do cardio before weight training. This is based on the idea that you should be conditioning yourself to do lots of cardio and you should push yourself to failure in the resistance training, therefore doing resistance training at the end makes sense. Doing cardio to failure is dangerous. Doing slow and easy cardio after weight training is however a good thing as long as it is not difficult. Ronnie Coleman who was a HUGE bodybuilder always sat on a training bike for an hour or so after his workout session.
Should I look to workout before or after work?
This might sound interesting to some people but you should workout BEFORE work. The reason to workout before work is because you are more likely to workout before work than after work. Worried about being too tired to work afterwards? This will not be the case if you have a good method of recovery which we should all have, be it taking BCAA tablets followed by a protein shake or having the nicest bath in the world. Planning to workout after work might sound like a good idea but more often than not you might give it a miss afterwards or you won't give your workout your all which has a detrimental effect on your motivation and the effectiveness of a workout you expect much of!
Should I take protein shakes?
If i had a penny for every time i was asked this I would buy my house in Silicon Valley. Personally I would say yes to protein shakes for the simple reason that diet is complicated enough as it is. Going to the gym further complicates your diet! Protein shakes simplify a lot of the extra complication because it is a big tick in one of the most vital elements in your diet; having the right amount of protein which is a seldom-met target. It's not necessary if you are very good with your diet but for the majority who find diet building and calorie counting a step too far then get yourself a protein shake.
How do I stop snacking?
This golden question gets asked so much. I will simplify this as best as possible. Snacking is hard to stop. The way to stop it best is not to stop because that hardly works. The best way is to replace it with something else. This can take the form of diet protein shakes, drinking water or to simply plan and organise 5 small meals a day instead of the traditional (and frankly incorrect) 3 great meals a day. We are generally hungry people and suppressing hunger is difficult for any person. If you can't stop snacking chances are you are trying to lose weight. 5 small meals a day would be the best long term way of finishing the bad snacking off for good! I do protein shakes in between meals a day.
Should I be self-conscious about what I wear in the gym?
This is mostly asked by women and it's hard to offer a definitive answer as a man but I will give it my best shot. The gym teaches you many things, and one of those things is not giving a toss about what other people think about you. When you stop comparing yourself to other people (which you should achieve as soon as possible) you stop caring about what other people think about you. You compare yourself to what you were last week. You become more self confident. Who cares what people think about what you look like or what you wear? When you go to the gym you exercise as best you can and forget there's anyone else in the gym. You make funny faces trying to lift a heavy weight over your head, you bend over many times to really feel the burn on that dead-lift. People are always going to stare, look or whatever. Who cares? The less you care about what other people think the more free you will be, the more you will get out of the gym and the best you will feel about yourself. Use this feeling of self consciousness as an indicator to see how your views change as you go to the gym more and more. Eventually that self consciousness will go and you will happily exercise without the worry about what other people think. Back when i first started i would always wear a gym with sleeves. Now it's sleeveless all the way. I hope that helps.