1. Corrective training. Almost everyone has muscle imbalances, which can cause little pains here and there or clicking of the joints. What’s worse, it can lead to injury or osteoarthritis down the road. Consider hiring a personal trainer for a session to determine your imbalances and learn which exercises can correct them.

2. Measure, measure, measure. The most accurate way to monitor you progress is to measure. Want to lose fat? Measure your body fat and take regular photos. Want to run 10k? Measure your times and distances.

3. Visualize your routine. Before your workout, run through the routine in your mind as vividly as possible. When it actually comes time to doing the workout, you’ve already done it once before in your mind.

4. Use compensatory acceleration technique. Basically, trying to lift the weight as fast as you can. Even if you’re using a heavy weight, you’re still using more force, which requires more muscle, and that translates to burning more calories.

5. Hire a personal trainer. A good personal trainer is like a diagnostician. Through targeted questions and assessment, they can figure out what’s missing and integrate training with nutrition and supplementation. For tips on finding the right trainer, read this.

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