The good news is that you can expect a ton of improvements in fitness, health and appearance after just six months of exercise—plus some unexpected benefits.
It’s incredible what can be accomplished in just six months of regular exercise.
When you train with correct form, consistently, and follow the right workout program, your body can experience astounding improvements in appearance, health and fitness.
What’s more, this dramatic difference can also occur in older people who decide to take up strength training and cardio for the first time.
Those who find they’ve experienced very little change in their bodies after six months have probably concentrated too much on single-joint or isolation exercises. Isolation work will not transform the body, whereas multiple joint training will.
Cavemen moved in compound ways all the time. In fact, it’s difficult to think up of a way that our hunter-gather ancestors moved that was in single-joint fashion.
Ancient humans had to pick up rocks, carry them and set them down. They had to drag and push against heavy objects. Such actions cannot be done with single-joint motions.
That’s why it makes no sense to focus your exercise program on isolation exercises like triceps kickbacks, one-arm triceps push-downs, barbell curls and inner/outer thigh routines. Imagine Cavemen standing around curling a rock!
Although isolation exercises are unnatural, most compound exercises are the opposite: Squat, grab a heavy weight, rise—an ancient squat-deadlift combination, for example.
Another reason one might fail to get significant results after six months of working out is cardio of a slower, steady-state type, rather than high intensity interval training.
When you use the right approach, six months of training can bring about dramatic improvements in body composition, shifting the muscle/fat ratio so that you look “ripped” and strong.
You can expect to have experienced significant fat loss and a very visible addition of lean muscle mass. Other benefits to anticipate are:
- Greater energy, stamina and endurance
- Faster and more agile movements
- Much improved upper body and lower body strength
- Denser bones
- Denser capillaries
- Greater cardiac output: more blood pumped per heartbeat
- Slower resting heart rate
- Greater heart rate recovery from exertion
- Fewer or elimination of aches and pains such as backache
- Reversal of insulin resistance and possibly type II diabetes
- Reversal of coronary plaque buildup
- Boosted immune system
- Greater self-confidence
That’s just a starter list of all the extraordinary benefits that can be expected after six months of strenuous, structured and safely executed exercise. As you continue on, the benefits of sticking to rigorous strength training and cardio workouts will just keep rolling in.
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