3 Things I Wish I Knew About Fitness 5 Years Ago

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5 years ago, I was going to the gym 6 days a week for 2 hours each session. I was doing the usual legs/abs one day, chest/back the next, and then arms/shoulders the day after that. On top of those long workout sessions, I was eating cleaner than I ever had before. I thought I was doing everything right, but I wasn’t getting the results that I was working so hard for. 

If I could go back in time, I would change everything that I was doing. Just about 4 years ago, I changed my workout program/routine and my eating habits. And that was when the results came. So, here are the 3 most important things I wish I knew about fitness 5 years ago.

#1: Get Off The Cardio Equipment

I would show up to the gym, stretch, then head straight for a treadmill, elliptical, or stair master. I would stay on whichever piece of cardio equipment I had chosen for 15-30 minutes…. And I would be bored out of my mind. I absolutely dreaded this part of my workout, but I thought that was what I needed to be doing to look lean. 

Now, I incorporate the “cardio” in the conditioning segment of my workout. So instead of torturing myself with boredom on a treadmill, my conditioning might look something like this:

  • 400 m row
  • 20 thrusters
  • 10 pull ups

20 AMRAP (AMRAP means “As Many Rounds/Reps As Possible…. So i’d repeat this cycle and do as many rounds as I can in 20 minutes)

This way is not only more exciting for me, but it actually gives me results and it challenges me. 

#2: Lift The Heavy Weights

Just like many others who I’ve heard from, part of my workout looked something like “3 sets of 10 shoulder presses using 10 lb dumbbells.” Looking back, that was a waste of my time. It wasn’t giving me any results and it was boring. Once I began using heavier weights and cut out the “3 sets of 10” crap (not to mention the 2 minute break between each set… yikes!) the muscle definition began to show and the work I put in actually paid off. 

#3: Don’t Overthink What You Eat

Absolutely put thought into what you’re eating, but don’t make it complicated. Make sure your body is getting the right amount of nutrients, don’t avoid carbs, and don’t do a fad diet as a quick fix to lose weight. In fact, if you want an incredible guide to show you what good nutrition is, consider our General Nutrition Guide! Don’t overcomplicate it for yourself. 

Summary

The 3 things I wish I knew about fitness 5 years ago would be to get off the cardio equipment, lift heavier weights, and don’t over complicate your nutrition. 

I highly recommend following one of our K Squared Fitness training programs, because ultimately, the programming is what really gave me the results that I was wanting. There’s a science behind it all and these programs are the real deal.

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Written By: Katie Andres, Co-Owner of K Squared Fitness

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