No pain, no gain

July 5, 2008

In reference to Trainer Qunling’s Blog about workout intensity, I am 100% in agreement with his post.


Alot of people complain that after going to the gym religiously for half a year, there’s still no massive improvements. As a pharmacist, I believe there’s a scientific explanation for almost everything. Ask yourself, how is it possible that you’ve been doing 30 minutes of cardio on the gym and pumping the same weights every other day till you’re out of breathe and yet you still see no results?

The first thing you should do, is do research. Could it be you’re doing your exercises wrongly (cheating, taking too long breaks in between sets etc) or using the wrong weights. I used to do lots of cardio and when that didn’t work I decided to increase the duration of cardio. The number of calories burnt looked promising but then after more research I realised that Interval Training was the way to go. 30 minutes of cardio only burns fats for the duration of the exercise but Interval Training makes you burn 24 hours a day.

Very importantly, when it comes to weights, if you intend to buff up, you MUST leave your comfort zone and used heavier weights at lower reps. Bear in mind that safety is of utmost importance when increasing weights. You want to achieve maximal benefit at minimal risk. So gradually increase your weights and make sure you do proper warm-up before trying something new.

All in all, as the title of the post suggests, no pain, no gain. Also remember to eat tons of lean meat if you wanna buff up. Feel free to comment if you would like to discuss this topic with me.


One comment

  1. Hey, khai yong. Good post man. Totally agree with what you are saying on the people in the gym. For some reason, majority people working out nowadays are slacking by the second. They don’t take their workouts seriously. And worst of all, they expect huge results after giving less than 1% of their effort whether during their workouts or nutrition or even rest. But I’ve recently found out more details on the buff up part, not just lean meat and heavy weights, it’s a lot more than that, will be discussing with you when I meet up with you once you are back.

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