BJ Gaddour is the Fitness Director for Men’s Health, one of the world’s most popular fitness magazine. He was far from looking the part as a kid – who was not only beyond fat, but also had bad knees. BJ says his secret is to committing to this mantra of no miss days and consistency as he has been doing since he was 14 years old. He has since become one of the most recognized names in the fitness magazine industry and he has helped possibly millions of people worldwide through his articles and DVDs.
Today, BJ tells us his thoughts on training when you’re not 100%, his version of training every day, and what he thinks people should be doing when it comes to getting the most out of their workouts.
“People will experience the best gains in their training they’ve ever had the moment they’re not on a deadline.” BJ Gaddour
In this episode, you’ll learn:
- Consistency means committing to doing something movement based with passion and purpose every day.
- When you’re not 100%, you can still train but train the parts that you can still perform well with i.e. if you have bad knees, train the upper body.
- Walking is an overlooked form of exercise simply because people think they should be doing something else more intense. Walking can be used to set a foundation in establishing a baseline level of activity every day.
- Each rep, ask yourself: Why are you doing this. If you don’t have a good answer, you need to reevaluate your training.
- You want your training to be slow and steady. It’s safe and effective for long-term.
- The goal of training is to be between PRs, not between injuries.
- If you can’t get good muscle pumps you’re not going to develop your muscles, period.
- There are always safer alternatives to any “flashy” exercise. The purpose of training is to become a better, and not injured, version of yourself.
- When you’re not on a deadline you make smart decisions.
- The foundation of fitness is pain free, full range of motion movement at all your joints. If you don’t have that in place and you have load on top of that, dysfunction becomes disaster.
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