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New Year’s Fitness and Workout Resolutions: 10 Tips for Setting and Achieving Your Goals

Get on Track to a Healthy New You in 2015 With HGH.com’s Top 10 Tips for New Year’s Fitness Resolutions

While many regard December as a period of indulgence, year-end also marks the starting point for New Year’s resolutions. It’s a time to take stock of your personal goals, assess your progress and analyze prior pitfalls as you plan for the year ahead. If you’ve fulfilled your 2014 resolutions, how can you take them to the next level in 2015? If you’ve fallen short, what caused you to falter, and how can you achieve success in the coming year?

To help you get your New Year’s fitness resolutions off to promising start, we’ve solicited ideas from the HGH.com team and our sponsored athletes. Following are the top 10 tips from our resident fitness experts and IFBB pros:

1. Set SMART goals. In the business world, “SMART” stands for specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and time-bound. But SMART objectives apply equally well to fitness goals. Rather than making vague resolutions like “lose weight,” “bulk up” or “get fit,” take the time to identify and define exactly what you’re hoping to achieve. Then write down those objectives to hold yourself accountable, and set a series of incremental milestones throughout the year.

2. Do a reality check. When making New Year’s resolutions, it’s important to ensure your goals are realistic. People who set unreasonably high expectations for themselves – such as severe caloric restrictions or prolonged, intense daily workouts – may be more likely to give up if they backslide. By lowering the bar a bit at the outset and aiming for progressively higher goals over time, you can position yourself for success. Check out the video below and click here to watch a female personal trainer talking more about weight/endurance goals.

3. Choose your workout wisely. It’s not enough to make “get to the gym” your New Year’s resolution; you need to have a plan of action once you get there. A bodybuilder looking to increase upper body strength will follow a very different exercise program than a runner seeking to improve endurance or an overweight person aiming to reduce belly fat. If you’re a new gym member, request an equipment demonstration so you’ll know which exercises to incorporate into your routine. If you’re a gym regular interested in taking your workout to the next level, schedule a session or two with a personal trainer for professional advice on how to achieve your fitness goals.

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4. Tap into tips from bodybuilding and fitness pros. While personal trainers are a great resource for gym-goers, individuals who prefer a do-it-yourself approach will find a wealth of information just a click away. Many trainers and pro bodybuilders share their expert advice via blogs, YouTube videos, podcasts and other social media channels. Look up athletes whose physique you admire, and see what they share online. For example, IFBB pro Tricky Jackson airs a weekly Pro Muscle Radio broadcast that’s popular among bodybuilders. And be sure to check the HGH.com blog regularly for curated posts featuring videos, tips and advice from some of the country’s top bodybuilders, athletes and trainers. Check out the Tricky Jackson video below.

5. Change the scene. While some people perform best by following a regular routine, others get bored quickly and are more apt to give up their resolutions when they lose interest. If daily visits to the same gym seem like a tedious prospect, try varying your routine. Alternate gym days with home workouts or team sports; or visit a local park with fitness stations in lieu of exercising indoors.

6. Raise your nutrition IQ. Many people equate the word “diet” with counting calories or restricting carb or fat intake; but the reality is that proper diet and nutrition are as much about consuming the right foods, vitamins and minerals as avoiding the wrong ones. Consider making an appointment with a nutritionist or checking out a few books to learn how specific foods and dietary supplements can help you achieve your fitness goals, from building muscle or burning fat to increasing stamina or minimizing recovery time. And explore the HGH.com blog to discover the functions, benefits and evidence behind some of the key ingredients in popular health and bodybuilding supplements.

7. Track your progress. Hopping on the scale each morning or measuring your biceps every evening can create disappointment, as you’ll rarely see immediate results. It’s better to track your progress over time, with a weigh-in or measurement every week or on alternating weeks. Since fitness and bodybuilding goals tend to involve a gradual progression, you’re not likely to notice changes in yourself from day to day. But if you take weekly or semi-weekly photos of yourself, the results will be clearly visible as you work toward your goals.

8. Find your motivation. Whether it’s a mantra or a mentor, find what (or who) inspires you and keep that front and center as you focus on fitness resolutions. Motivating messages and visual cues can have a powerful impact. Follow Twitter or Facebook pages that post inspirational quotes and practical advice, or create a Pinterest board with aspirational images that propel you to strive harder. To see what inspires us, click over to the HGH.com Pinterest boards.

Tips and Motivation From the Pros.

9. Register for an event. Even if you’re a long way from achieving your fitness goals, committing to a specific event will give you something tangible to work toward. If your objective is to run the Boston Marathon, sign up for a local half marathon a few months out. If you dream of competing in pro bodybuilding championships, register for some regional novice-level contests as you work your way toward a pro card.

10. Never give up! When all is said and done, succeeding at your New Year’s fitness resolutions doesn’t mean having a perfect track record every single day of the entire year. It’s only human to have an occasional lapse or to get sidetracked when work or personal obligations take precedence; the key is to look at these events as momentary hurdles rather than insurmountable obstacles. Remember that success is an ongoing journey, and you’re in it for the long haul!

Bodybuilding and Fitness Inspiration.

By following these 10 tips, you’ll be on your way to successfully achieving your New Year’s fitness resolutions. For information and inspiration to keep you going throughout 2015 (and beyond), visit the HGH.com blog and our social media pages on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest. Do you have any advice or success stories of your own to share? We’d love to hear from you! Post your comments below or connect with other bodybuilding and fitness enthusiasts in our online community.

 




Circuit Training Workouts

Get the Most out of Circuit-Training Workouts

Have you hit a plateau or just want to switch up your workout routine a bit? Then, you're probably going to enjoy circuit training workouts as much as we do. You'll find they provide the ideal combination of strength exercises and aerobic exercises. There are many benefits to circuit training as well:

  • Easily modifiable for all fitness levels
  • Builds total body strength
  • Increases endurance
  • Stimulates weight loss
  • Breaks plateaus
  • Improves cardiovascular fitness
  • Bans workout boredom

In general, circuit training workouts include six to 10 exercises completed consecutively with little to no rest between each. To get the optimal benefits from circuit training, you should not rest for any more than 30 seconds between exercises. For timed circuit training workouts, beginners may want to start with 30 seconds per exercise and increase the amount of time as you advance. You can also shorten the rest time between exercises.

To get you moving, we’ve compiled a few circuit training videos and created a Pinterest board totally dedicated to Circuit Training Workouts.

Cutting-Edge Circuit Training Workout

Let's start out with a maximum results kind of circuit training workout. This routine is designed to define your chest, arms and abs, blast belly fat, and significantly improve your fitness level. Trainers David Jack and Jen Widerstrom take you through the routine during this Men’s Health Circuit Workout – Part 1 video that includes these exercises:

  • Dumbbell Hybrid
  • Dumbbell Swing
  • Goblet Squat
  • Glute Bridge
  • High Knee Run
  • Jumping Jacks
  • Lateral Hops
  • Mountain Climber
  • Skips
  • Split-Stance Single-Arm Rows
  • T-Push-Up
  • Three-Way Lunge

Boot Camp-Style Circuit Training Workout

Turn up the intensity with a boot camp-style workout routine. BeFit GO's expert trainers, Courtney Prather, William Copsey and Jessica Blythe, give us a kick butt cross training workout that is designed to build strength, improve agility, increase endurance and burn fat. The 30-Minute Boot Camp Body Circuit Training Workout video is a unique blend of cardio, strength and plyometric exercises.

Before you begin this super-charged 30-minute workout, you'll need to gather these items:

  • Bottle of Water
  • Medicine Ball
  • Towel
  • Yoga Mat


Make sure to focus on proper form and stay hydrated during this workout, where you'll be focusing on your arms, chest, shoulders, back, abs, glutes and legs. Keep in mind, you can modify this circuit training workout to your specific skill level by adjusting weight, repetitions and rest periods. Don’t forget to have a bottle of water and a towel nearby while completing this routine, which includes the following exercises:

  • Air Squats
  • Broad Jumps
  • Butt Bridge
  • Butt Kicks
  • High Knees
  • Karaokes
  • Lying Quad Stretch (each leg)
  • Lower Back Stretch (each side)
  • Pigeon Stretch (each leg)
  • Plank
  • Push Ups
  • Russian Twists (alternate sides)
  • Samson Stretch
  • Single-Leg Squat (alternate legs)
  • Standing Hamstring Stretch (each leg)
  • Toe Touches
  • Walk Outs

 

Advanced Circuit Training

As you can see, circuit training workouts can vary in the types of exercises, as well as the amount of rest between sets. Keep your circuit training workout moving at warp speed by going from one exercise to the next with no rest in between. One of the nicest things about circuit training is that you can switch up your routine. Whether you choose to add different exercises, vary the amount of time for each exercise, increase or decrease rest times, or change your exercise intensity, you can create a circuit to help you reach your goals.

The following video gives us a glimpse at an advanced level of circuit training to promote fitness and strength. They introduce several exercises with no break in between, such as:

  • Burpees
  • Dumbbell Rows
  • High-Knee Push-ups
  • Spiderman Crawl

Additional Circuit Training Workouts on Pinterest

Take a look at the collection of pins for circuit training workouts on HGH.com's Pinterest board.

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Strength, Cardio and Ab Workout - Jillian Michaels

Strength, Cardio and Ab Workout – Shred Weight-Loss Tips from Jillian

Need to shed a few pounds or maybe more? Want a new strength, cardio and ab workout? Then read on, because we have something special in store for you. We’re excited to share some strength, cardio and ab workout videos, as well as key weight-loss tips from Jillian Michaels, America’s toughest trainer, and one of the nation’s leading health and wellness experts.

Jillian’s workout videos can help you strengthen your core, elevate your heart rate, build up your abs and sculpt your body for a new, shapely, stronger you. Sometimes you just need that extra push, and Jillian Michaels always delivers. If you need some motivation, take a look at these videos and the Pinterest board we’ve dedicated to strength and cardio workouts, weight loss tips and inspiration from Jillian Michaels.

One of Jillian's Top Weight-Loss Tips

Discover one of the most significant secrets to losing weight. It may seem simple when you hear it, but it totally makes sense when you do it. Take a look at this video as Jillian Michaels imparts a piece of invaluable fitness wisdom that could be a great help with your weight-loss process. If you want amazing results quickly, give this a try.

Don’t Just Shed the Pounds. Shred Them!

Get ready to take your workout to the next level with Jillian Michaels. By combining strength, cardio and abs workout into her proven 3-2-1 interval training fitness system that is designed to burn fat, blast calories, and help you get shredded and ripped. Here's what you'll be doing in this first level of Jillian's 30-Day Shred workout that takes less than a half hour and includes:

  • Warm up
  • Strength training
  • Cardio exercises
  • Abs workouts
  • Cool down

Maximize Your Results by Realizing Your Full Shredding Potential

Jillian brings on the high-octane moves in this second level of her 30-Day Shred Workout. Gain momentum as you workout all of your major muscle groups – arms, chest, shoulders, abs, obliques, back, glutes and legs. This interval training workout incorporates strength, cardio and ab exercises to help you burn fat, sculpt your muscles, lose weight, firm your entire body and reveal your shredding potential. Pull up your floor mat, and grab your hand weights, towel and a bottle of water. Now you're ready to push through a variety of plyometric moves with Jillian, such as:

  • Squat rows
  • Walk-out push-ups
  • Speed skaters
  • Pendulum lunges
  • Plank variations

Just Jillian – Cardio and Strength Pinterest Board

Explore some of the most motivating photos, tips and videos posted at our HGH.com Cardio and Strength Training & Workouts with Jillian Michaels Pinterest board.

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