Top 10 Tips For Competing

Careen Killingbeck’s Top 10 Tips

 

Is definitely one of the most important factor in your fitness journey and plays a major role in the results you achieve. You could be a gun in the gym, training you heart out but if your nutrition is not on point you won’t see the results you’re after.

There are a lot of different diets and methods to achieve your desired physique, I personally have a flexible diet and find this works best for my lifestyle.

An effective training program backs up your nutrition. A question I often ask women; “Are you training the right way for the results you want to achieve?”.

There are a lot more effective ways to train then constantly running on the treadmill or jumping in on classes. Your training program should work for your weaknesses and play on your strengths, should be structured and progressive so you can obtain results and then continue to achieve results.

It is super duper important to make sure you are drinking enough water. Water plays a vital role in the functioning of the body, so drink up!

Rest days are just as important as your training as your body needs time to recover. If your program says rest, you rest.

Sleep is another one that often slips under the radar. For your body to work effectively you should be aiming to get 7-8 hours of sleep per night (or more if you need it). When you are asleep your body spends time repairing and healing itself, inadequate sleep can put you at a higher risk of heart disease, heart attacks, heart failure, high blood pressure, stroke, diabetes and fat gain.

When it comes to training a lot of people become complacent and tend to have a that’ll do attitude. Simply – If it’s not challenging you, it’s not changing you.

Vital for day to day functionality and injury prevention. Stretching is something I do at the beginning and end of every session as well as during the day. So many unnecessary injuries occur simply because of muscle tightness. Make sure you are incorporating dynamic stretching, static stretching and foam rolling into your programming regularly.

The body achieves what the mind believes. There is only one type of mindset in my books and that is a positive one. Negativity gets you nowhere but down. Look around at all the things you have in life and how lucky you are.

Same goes for training in the gym. If you tell yourself you can’t do something chances are you won’t even try. Before making a lift the thoughts that go through my head are always positive “this is easy,” “I’ve done this before,” “I know I can do this,” are all the things I say to myself.

People get way too caught up in aesthetics. Yes, I train to achieve a certain body type but that is not my driving force. I train to be healthy, to be happy, and to be strong both physically and mentally. The aesthetic results are all a by-product of my motivation.

I’ve been there and I’ve seen it in my clients. They simply aren’t happy because all they think about is how they look and totally miss out on seeing their strengths. Perspective plays hand in hand with your mindset. Stop looking at the negatives and start thinking of the positives. Train for the right reasons and in turn with a little dedication and hard work you can create the body you desire.

Last but not least. BE HAPPY! It is one of the best things you can do for your mind and your body.