It's that time of year again - back to school time where you're gearing up for yet another year of high school or college. If you're like most people, the thought of diving head first into studies after a relaxing summer vacation isn't entirely the most appealing thought, but in the same sense, you feel as though this is a fresh new beginning at the same time where you can set some solid goals that you want to accomplish over the coming school year.
There's no better time like the start of a school semester to make some positive changes in your workout and diet and get all ready to create your best body yet. Summer does tend to be a difficult time to keep up with a diet and workout plan with all the weekend trips you may have taken along with all the summer time BBQ's you attended.
But, now that you're back on a regular schedule you can be that much more determined to maintain your workout and diet thus improving your progress.
Let's take a look at a few of the must-have essentials that you should get a hold of before you start your school year out.
Your Workout Program
The very first thing you should get ready in order to kick of your new plan is a solid workout program. Have a look and try and find something new and fresh to jump onto. If you have been regularly doing some workouts over the summer, now is the time to start something else and give your body some added variety to respond to.
If you schedule your yearly training schedule in four month block chunks with each semester counting as a chunk and then the summer being its own chunk, you'll always be sure that you can periodize your program properly.
Try focusing on building up more strength during the fall semester, putting on more size during the winter semester (when you can conveniently wear more clothes as well if you do put on body fat, and then that leaves the spring/summer for fat loss/cutting purposes. This will ensure that each year you come back with a body that has seen some dramatic changes over time.
If you need some help figuring out a new workout program, now is also the time to contact a personal trainer who can get you started on something that will allow you to see the results that you're after.
Your Supplement Protocol
Next, once your workout is figured out you'll want to be sure that you add some supplementation to the mix. Supplements are going to help you go that extra mile with your results since they'll allow you to train that little big harder in the gym. Have a look at what your primary goals are and then consider the best supplement mix for you.
If you're focusing on muscle building and strength gains as suggested above, turn to a good creatine product, some high quality whey protein powder, possibly a weight gainer or some MRP's, and if you're more advanced, possibly some testosterone boosting products to tap into new muscle that you've never seen before.
If, on the other hand you're after fat loss, you'll still want to get a high quality whey protein powder and may even want to use some creatine if you typically have difficulty maintaining the intensity of your workout program. Then also look into one of the thermogenic fat burners available that will enable you to experience higher levels of energy, a faster metabolism, as well as help to dampen the appetite level.
Your Dorm-Room Food Necessities
If you are someone who is going away to college and will be living in a dorm room, there's no question that it will be slightly harder to maintain a proper diet to reach your goals. When your meals are very limited and often fully controlled by whatever is being served in the cafeteria, this can make it incredibly difficult to track your calorie and macronutrient intake to ensure you are getting what you need, little own meeting those requirements.
Fortunately if you plan for it, there are plenty of foods that you can keep right in your room with you to help you reach your goals. Stock up on dry oats (sweetened varieties for post-workout if you wish), protein powder, protein bars, cans of tuna, beef jerky, nuts and nut butter, seeds, as well as dried fruit.
All of these can be kept in a drawer in your dresser and called upon in times of need.
Additional Tools To Keep You On Track
Finally, after all the other factors are set in place and you're almost all ready to go, then it comes time to look at a few additional things that you can use to stay the course.
Having a good training journal will be important to allow you to track your workouts and see your progress, finding some online community support such as Bodybuilding.com's BodySpace accounts or Forums will help you connect with others who are working towards the same goal as you, and then having a good day timer to plan out when you will be doing your workouts amongst your classes and your studying will be vital to help you account for your time and get those sessions in.
When you're a student if you aren't planning your time effectively, you're going to find that come one week prior to mid-terms your entire workout plan gets thrown off track as you scramble to cram before exams. But, by planning both your scheduling and your workouts, you will go into exams with the peace of mind knowing that you're prepared while also reaping the positive mind benefits that a regular workout plan helps you attain during this time.
So keep these quick tips in mind. If you plan and prepare for it, you can make sure that this is your most successful school year yet.