Most trainees like to over-complicate their training, their nutrition and their supplementation when trying to achieve their physique goals, but I can tell you now that it isn’t the exercise selection, the number of sets, the amount of reps, the carb cycling or the paleo diet that is going to have the greatest impact on your physique goals.
The majority of people do not need fancy exercises, or to weigh every ounce of food, what they do need are the tools to overcome lifestyle roadblocks that most of us encounter every day, whether that be entertaining clients at work, dates or drinks with the lads.
With your physique goals it normally comes down to making a choice about what you want most, is it donuts or a six pack?
Drinks with Mates
Now I love going out with my friends for a drink, but do I need to do it Thursday night, Friday night, Saturday night and Sunday night like I used to when I was younger? NO.
When I do go out for a big session, which is rare nowadays I’m going to enjoy it, I’m going to drink all the jager bombs, dance like Chris Brown (in my drunk minds eye) and then throw up on my way home, but this is not something I’d suggest making a regular occurrence if you want the elusive six-pack this summer.
Are your friends of a similar mindset to you? If not, get some new friends… I’m semi-joking about that, but it has been said that we are the average of the five people we spend the most time with, so are those five pushing you forward or holding you back?
As always, with anything in life, you’ll either find a way, or you’ll find excuse, but that choice always lies with you.
Do date nights have to involve alcohol and bad food? If you’re on a dodgy tinder date then the answer is probably yes, but if you’re with someone who you genuinely care about, enjoy being with and who supports your goals then this shouldn’t be an issue.
Does that mean that you can’t enjoy a bottle of wine and pizza together, or that you shouldn’t go out and paint the town red together occasionally?
Absolutely not, but it doesn’t have to be the only thing you do together, plan an activity based date, whether it be a hike, or ice skating, or rollerblading or go-ape, or canoeing, or a gym session, get out, get off your phone, get away from a wi-fi connection – pretend its the 80’s again and actually talk to each other in real life.
If the company is paying then its not uncommon for people to go balls to the wall, you’re not paying and you’re hopefully building a formidable relationship with a client, so why not go to town and show them the time of their life?
But if you have your physique (and career) goals in mind then going balls to the wall might not be the best idea, be smart with your choices, choose the lower calorie options, have a vodka tonic rather than a pint of beer, always stay one drink behind the client you’re entertaining, that way you’ll somewhat limit your calorie consumption and stay switched on around clients, at the end of the day this is a client/potential client and you should remain sharp throughout this encounter.