It would be nice if every single time you stepped into the gym you were able to put in the same quality performance and effort, no matter what, every single time. In reality, however, things play out much differently. When you step into the gym, although you may try to put all of your baggage at the door and focus on your workout, your focus and performance fluctuate. There is nothing wrong with this, there are a lot of factors that play a role in your workout. Here are the most important factors affecting your workout performance.
The first, and perhaps most important, factor that affects your workout performance is your sleep. When you sleep, your body is able to repair and recover from the work and stress that has been placed on it during the day. You need to be sleeping at least 7-9 hours per night in order to get your best performance in the gym every time that you go. Make sure that you are giving yourself the time to sleep and recover before and between your workouts. Try implementing a nighttime routine if you struggle falling asleep to give your body and mind more cues that it is time to sleep.
Another wildly important factor that affects your workout performance that many people ignore is their diet. Usually in the world of fitness, people think about diet and exercise as separate, but they are very closely related. Getting key nutrients in your diet helps your body produce the energy it needs. If you aren’t eating foods that are high in vitamins and minerals, and giving your body the proper carbs, fats, and protein, you need for energy and recovery, then your body will not have the tools it needs to put in a good performance at the gym.
The final factor that plays a major role in affecting your workout performance is your stress levels. You may not think of your stress as having an impact on your physical performance, but it is closely related. Chronic or severe stress can cause a buildup of cortisol in your body, which can breakdown muscle tissue and lead to decreased strength, size, and performance in the gym. Try to keep your stress in check to maximize your workout quality.
Getting the best performance possible each time you come to the gym is not easy. There are a lot of variables that play a role in your ability to perform. Make sure that you are considering these three factors and how you can adjust them for the best workouts possible.
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