What makes it a good workout?
Is it how good of a pump you get, or how close to breaking PRs you get? Is it about checking off a box or is it about escaping the world outside the gym?
For me and most people, it’s a combination!
If I secure a good pump, I know that I’m fueled well, hydrated, and have a pretty decent electrolyte balance.
If I set or get close to a PR, it means I’m getting stronger, always a good thing!
Checking off “back day” or “quads” is a nice way for me to mentally feel the week progressing.
Working in an office all day, while I do love my job, does make me a little stir crazy, so getting into the gym and into my workout always brings me mental freedom and clarity.
There’s no ONE thing, no secret sauce of a preworkout, and no you don’t need to get stronger each week in order for it to be a truly GOOD workout.
A lot of people over complicate it mostly due to what they see and hear on social media.
Soreness does not equate to a good workout.
Going for PRs every week is a fast track to injury.
Checking off a box often means going through the motions (not optimal). If the gym is your escape, could it be that you’re not as happy as you could be with life outside it?
It’s good to check in with yourself on this stuff. How the gym and a workout affects and is affected by the rest of the day is key if you want to make long term progress in life and in your fitness goals.