The best age for joining a gym and working out is teenage years. I was just 16 when I started working out. Most people are often confused that working out at a young age can negatively affect in their height which is totally wrong. However, the best time is those teenage years 14,15 or 16 because it’s the time where puberty hits your body and you have better testosterone and other hormones which will help you in making progress.
However, there are some problems that are associated with young people who are working out. So, let’s discuss about those issues and try to correct those.
1. Workout Frequency
Since, gyms are open six days a week, most people go to the gym and workout for all of those six days. This might not be best for you. You can get better results working out just for 3-4 days. It is more than enough because body building or building muscles is all about recovery, nutrition and rest and workout is just a stimulus for it. So, try to workout 3 or 4 times a week.
2. Workout Duration
Most people spend 2 or 3 hours in the gym just doing random exercises they like. It is better to do 45 – 60 minutes of workout with high intensity. So, rather than working out for long hours, try to train harder for short period of time. Try to make intensity your topnotch priority and do your workout with short workout duration.
3. Nutrition and Rest
A healthy human body needs 7-8 hours of proper sleep every night. Sleep is very important for recovery of muscles as well as wellbeing of our body.
And, if you’re not eating right, then you’re not getting any results whether if you are trying to lose fat or gain muscles. Most youngsters work out very well but lack in focus on these nutrition and recovery part. So, make sure where your focus should be on.
4. Utilize whole foods
Bodybuilding or fitness is expensive mostly because of the food. So, to overcome this, try to go for budget food whatever your goal is. Choose those food which are available in your house like rice, beans or vegetables.
Supplements are expensive. If you can afford it, it’s fine. Otherwise, try to invest for whole foods like fruits, peanut butter and bread.
5. Getting stronger
Instead of doing random workouts for every single day, have a goal and focus on getting stronger. It is easy to make progress especially for youngsters. So, focus more on gaining strength which is measurable.
It’s a slow process. Try to track your workout and check if you’re progressing on getting stronger every week.
6. Tracking Everything
It is very important to track your every single workout with every single set and reps and your workout routine. You can also take your body measurements or photos. Try to save all your records and this will be your foundation for your future. This will help you in getting some knowledge regarding your body like what works for you or which works for you. So, make sure you track every single thing.
7. Learn more
A lot of things are needed to be explored when you are young. Majority of gym don’t have trainers and what we do is, we follow someone who already has a good physique or who is experienced. But this might not work for you because you are not that person. So, it is important to get knowledge. Learn from different articles or even YouTube channels which can be investment for your future.
So, these are my advice for youngsters who are going to the gym or who are thinking of joining a gym. Make sure you are learning from these things and apply on your life as well and hopefully you will get better results.