Getting your workout in place
Here are some advice for people who want to begin going to the gym, and overall for people who feel stuck in the period. Remember, workout is a great way of living a healthier and happier life. You do not necessarily need to go to the gym, you just need a place where you are able to get your hearth rate up and work those muscles.
When to workout?
Most of the successful people you hear about are usually going to the gym early in the morning. It might seem like a ridiculous thing to do, but it is actually a great way to start of your day. It helps you be more refreshed and awake throughout the day. If you can manage to get out of bed early in the morning, you are already set. I would recommend going to the gym in the evening if you have just started. Learn how long you usually workout before going all-in in the mornings. It really does not make much of a differens, unless you want to save time in the evening.
Keeping track with your workout and meals is a gamechanger when it comes to faster results. You need to keep track of how much you lift with the different equipment. I personally recommend writing it down in my notes on my phone. In that way I make sure to always bring my notes with me to the gym. How it work is, let us say you just benched 70 kg. You write it down and then do 70 kg one or two times more, then you should focus on trying to go up one, maybe 75 kg. And go on like that. In this way, you are more likely to see progress and gain more, instead of taking 70 one day, then 75 another and maybe you are tired and take 60 another. There is progress just by training. Just not as efficient.
How many rest days?
One thing is for sure, you need rest days in order to let your muscles recover from your workout. Rest is just as important as the training. When you train, you are actually breaking down you muscle, and the only way to gain, is to just let it rest. That is why you do not workout the same muscle group two days in a row. If you are training with weights that allow you to take 3x10 without completely exhausting yourself. I would suggest taking a rest day every 4 days. So you workout 3 days with 2 muscle groups each day. But if you most of the time go hard and fully exhaust yourself, then it would be a good idea to take a rest day in-between every or every second day. So you give your muscles time to rebuild themselves. I would not recommend you going out heavy lifting if you have not been training for around a year. You need to learn how to do the different techniques before overloading certain part of your body. I say this with experience from back and shoulder pain.
If you have a focused mind, and are already going to the gym alone and are able to continue. Great! keep it going. It is not a requirement to train with somebody, but it is a great help if you are new and want to go, but can not seem to get out and going. A partner is also a good help if you need a spotter. For me, having a friend with you increase your chance of getting out and up in the gym in the morning. One day he could not join me in the morning, and as you can guess, I ended up not going because I felt like I had no responsibility. If you manage to go to the gym, when you are training you sometimes feel exhausted or not in the mood. That is another example for why you should bring a partner. Either you feel like you have competition, or you are just having a good time. It makes it 10x easier and fun. But like I mentioned in the beginning, if you have the motivation to get up and get a great workout in, without a partner. Keep doing it, that is a strong sign of independence and will. If there is no sign of a partner. Music is a good tool to get you motivated as well. Just put on some tunes, and have a good time.
Last thing I want to talk about is consistency. Make sure that if you really want to achieve a healthier life, you need to consistently workout. Remember, if you want to build a strong body, you need patience as well. There is going to be periods where you might not feel the progress you are making. But do not quit, because you are still making that progress even though you do not physically can see it.