When it comes to trying to get fit, lose weight, or build muscle, the gym is the place that every man turns to. And, of course, that’s a great idea. Going to the gym regularly, finding a workout that not only suits you but can offer the results you want, and actually putting in the effort every time is the only way to achieve your goals. However, one thing that a lot of guys don’t realize is just how important the time outside of the gym is to achieving your workout goals. That might sound a little bit strange but in order to help it make just a little more sense, here are some of the ways that the most important part of your workout happens before you even step foot in the gym.

Preparation and motivation

One of the most common problems that many men have is finding the motivation to hit the gym in the first place. What’s strange is that this often isn’t because it’s difficult or unpleasant when they’re actually there. Most men will tell you that the hardest part of any trip to the gym is the car ride there. If you’re starting your workouts feeling frustrated and unmotivated, then you’re never going to be able to really make the most of it. You need to be sure that you’re taking the time to get yourself mentally prepared for your workout so that you’re going to have the motivation to need to see genuine results.

Your pre-workout

The worst thing that you can do is to assume that getting in shape or building up muscle begins and ends at the gym. The reality is that you need to have a solid pre-workout routine as well as hitting the gym regularly. This means that you need to think about your caloric intake as well as the kinds of foods and drinks your eating, as well as using products like c4 cellucor that can help improve the results you see from your workout. Not only that but you need to make sure that your overall lifestyle is as healthy as possible so heavy smoking and drinking are out of the question.

Rest periods

It might sound strange but the time when you build up the most muscle isn’t at the gym, it’s during the periods of rest when you leave. If you work out every single day, you’re actually not going to see any extra results, quite the opposite in fact. The truth is that the periods of rest are when your body converts the energy from your workout into muscle. Because of that you need to take at least a couple of rest days each week if you really want to see the best possible results.

The reality of getting in shape is that there are no quick fixes and if you want results then you’re going to have to work for them. However, by thinking carefully about how you’re working out rather than just blindly pushing forward, you’re going to be far more efficient in your workouts and see much more significant results because of it.

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Ryan Sprance is the Founder and Chief Strategist of Kaihatsu Media, a Digital Marketing agency focused on developing brand awareness and sales growth through social media, optimizing digital marketing spend and developing Influencer Marketing programs. He is also the Creator & Editor-In-Chief of TheStylishMan.com, a men's lifestyle media company focused on Fashion, Fitness, Grooming, Gadgets and Guy Stuff and a Contributing Editor at Julius, a data driven Influencer Marketing platform.