Drink more water while you workout so that you'll stay hydrated and maintain your energy levels? Check.
Warm up before you workout to have a more effective workout and to prevent injury? Check.
Make sure you practice proper form with every exercise to prevent injury and to get the best results possible? Check.
Avoid isolation exercises as much as possible given that they are not as effective for getting a killer body if you are currently out of shape? Check.
Focus more on compound movements (exercises that incorporate more than one body part at a time) so that you can burn fat, build lean muscle, improve your overall health, and more? Check.
Do cardio AFTER your resistance training so that you don't drain your energy prior to resistance training, and also will get better results? Check.
Stretch all of my muscles after my workout is finished to ensure effective growth and to prevent injury? Check.
So… if you do all of those proven effective steps above (which will guarantee INCREDIBLE results by the way), why is there still ONE MORE TIP left?
Well, to get amazing RESULTS with fitness, you have to get your body into the “improvement phase”.
What do I mean by that?
Well, the “improvement phase” of exercising is where you exercise to the point where your body has no choice but to improve (this could be more stamina, more strength, more speed, more fat loss, more weight loss, etc.).
In other words STOP exercising in your comfort zone! For example, 10 reps in… and “I'm done”. 1 mile ran… and “I'm done”. Lifting X amount of weight… and “I'm done”. Etc.
My friend, if you want to get amazing results with fitness, then it's important to understand that improvements ONLY happen when you reach the point of wanting to stop… BUT… you keep moving until you can't.
When you get to that point in your workout where you feel like stopping… KEEP GOING!
When you feel like stopping, your mind is telling you that you have reached your maximum effort, BUT… your body knows that you still have some left in you… so listen to your body… and KEEP GOING!
This approach to fitness is almost guaranteed to produce amazing results for you in so many ways. Not only will you get in better shape as quickly as possible, this can also help you develop stronger self-discipline and willpower in other areas of your life as well!
Now, please, for the love of everything beautiful in this world, DO NOT mistaken what I'm saying here. I am not by any means trying to tell you that you should do a workout until the point of injury, and I'm certainly not recommending that you workout hard if you are currently injured or are going through some type of physical therapy. I'm saying that when you exercise, and if you are capable of working out hard (no injuries, no conditions, etc.), then make your exercises more challenging.
AMAZING results only happen when you push your body beyond its comfort zone… and you leave your workout with some freaking sweat dripping off of you!