Top 7 Questions we get asked.
7 Questions we get asked the most.
I thought I would take some time to answer some of the commonly asked questions at our fitcamp. I’m sure some of you have the same questions so have a look through and see that you’re not the only one asking them!
1. I am new to working out and training, how often should I train?
This is a great question that we get asked all the time. With so many people undertaking so many different programs that require training more or less days, its tough for new people to know how often to train.
A very simple plan would follow thusly:
Train 2 – 3 times a week. If you are brand new to working out or training your body is going to be sore after your first session. By training 2 – 3 times a week (for about 4 weeks) you allow your body adequate recovery time.
Once you feel like this is easy or have completed this for a time (generally 4-6 weeks) you can advance to more days a week, e.g. 4-5 times a week.
2. What should I eat before training and how long before training?
Think fruit and nuts with water. These are high energy and loaded with goodness, with of course , water to keep you hydrated before training. Aim to have these 1-2 hours before training to allow them to settle in your stomach.
Of course it seems pretty obvious, but if you have a big steak and chips before training, your probably going to see it again at the end of the session :/
3. How much water should I be drinking?
This is a big one in a place like HK. When the summer hits those high temps and that humidity kicks up, its insatiable. We like people to have at least three liters a day for NON TRAINING DAYS. When training add another two to that.
I have found the best way to help increase water consumption is to buy a good water bottle and to constantly carry it with you. Constantly sipping from it. You’ll be surprised by how often you need to refill it!
4. What kind of training is best?
The answer is that almost any type of training is going to have a benefit. Its all about what you want to achieve and what you’re willing to do to achieve it. Make sure that the training method you select is going to allow you to reach your goals. There is going to be little use running marathons everyday when you’re actually trying to pack on some muscle.
My advice would be to figure out your goals and try different types! See which one you enjoy the most. Prehaps you can even switch around your training ‘types’ or methods. Just remember to keep it specific to your goal.
5. I go to the gym , but I don’t know what to do.
This isn’t a question more of a statement. BUT, it is said often enough to warrant a place on this list.
The gym can be a scary place. Especially if you don’t know what you are doing. All those machines that move in strange ways, all those people grunting away with the weights. You aim to go in and do everything, but end up a little intimidated and run on the treadmill for the whole time.
My advice would be to use the wonderful tool that is the internet. Research, google, youtube. Look and watch the movement and how to use the tools so you have some idea. Then when it comes to actually trying it out , start light. Make sure you can perform it correctly and safely.
Another method would be to hire a trainer for a couple of sessions for tutorials on techniques and how to use X and Y.
6. How do I tone by butt?/How do I get nicer arms?
This is one of the big ones. Now it’s important to remember that everyone has ‘abs’ or a ‘nice, rounded butt’. Most of the time they are just hidden under a layer of fat. And, the bad news is, spot reduction doesn’t exist. Losing fat is a holistic process. People will lose fat quicker in places than other people will, that is just the fact that peoples bodies work differently.
My best piece of advice is to think 80/20. If you stick to your nutrition plans and stick to your workout plan at least 80% of the time, you’ll see the results!
7. Should I work out in the mornings? Or are the evenings better?
Generally speaking , working out in the morning is better for you. People who work out in the mornings will see results faster. This is due to a number of reasons which include body temperature and hormone production. However, that doesn’t mean if you work out in the afternoon or evening you won’t see results. Workout when it is best for you, if you’re a morning person great. But if you like to sleep in and snooze away the mornings , get your workout later on. The important thing is that you are working out! So experiment, try different times , see what works best for you!