Reaching your goal in any walk of life is always nice! Some may argue you never reach your goal in the world of health & fitness because you always want more! However, if you are one of the lucky ones who has realised your goal, then what do you do next?
This may sound like a crazy question, but if you are in your early 20s and you have built the physique you ideally want where do you from here? Do you just train for the next 10 years to maintain what you have, decide you want more or what?
Training to just ‘maintain’ can be a dangerous game because you can quickly become bored, too content, too comfortable and complacent. With that being said I would advise you set yourself some new goals and here are some of my suggestions. For the purpose of the article we are going to be base this on a 23 year old male who packed in football, tennis and cycling at 16 to build a physique he desired, which he saw on the front of several fitness magazines! Now, 7 years later he has that very body, and now he doesn’t know where to go!
Start playing sport again
There is a common misconception that you cannot participate in sport and carry a nice lean muscular physique. For sure you cannot carry a ‘bodybuilder’s’ level of muscle mass if you play a lot of football, but that isn’t what we are talking about here. Going back to playing a sport you enjoy will probably keep you hungrier to maintain your physique and it will also go along way to keeping you in good condition all year round! Before matches just be sure to take in your BCAAs and L-Glutamine as well as after, along with a post-workout recovery shake and you shouldn’t sacrifice your hard earned muscle mass! The same can be said for tennis and other similar sports!
If you have built the ‘ideal’ beach body and you don’t know where to go from there consider modelling in the industry! Get a professional photo shoot done, market yourself to magazines and websites! This way by having a shoot in the future to focus on this gives you a very good reason to maintain what you have built. Once the novelty of looking physically good wears off, you need something else to keep the flame well and truly lit!
Cycle your cardio
Cycling was a big part of your life before you decided to go from skinny to brawny, make it part of your life again! There is no logic sacrificing all of the things you love doing just to look good when in fact, you can do both! Make cycling part of your cardio exercise programme because this will only contribute to keeping you lean.
There are 3 things I would advise you to do once you have achieved your goals! Myself included packed in a lot of sports I loved in order to build a body which I craved for. Fast forward time 5 years and I have built a body close to what I set out to do. You can bet I will be enjoying a few games of tennis in the near future, as well as football and the other sports I left behind! Being an ultimate athlete is in so many ways fulfilling, and I truly believe once you have built that ‘designer physique’ then you can still enjoy your other sports alongside maintaining your physique of gold!