The first rule I created when building my 3x52x10 program at Prime40 is that everyone must train 3 days a week.
And then everything else was created around that.
What I notice is people tend to overestimate how fast they think they can achieve results, yet fail to look at the bigger picture. Often, people try to copy training programs from elite athletes, celebrities, or complete very hard sessions which they are not ready for yet.
Consistency is often the missing vital ingredient to most people’s success in their health & fitness journey.
People tend to be impatient when it comes to exercise and results.
I get it; we want, what we want when we want it…and that’s now, right?
Too many times people do not give their exercise or nutrition plans enough time to reap the benefits they are looking for.
When we begin, we are often full of motivation and go all in from the get go. .
Rather than focusing on implementing fitness into our lifestyle permanently, we set an unrealistic time frame in which we want to achieve a result and then that’s it.
Naturally, people believe the more you train, the faster you will achieve results.
Unfortunately that rises and falls with your motivation.
The trick is not to make your training dependent on your motivation. Instead, training should be entirely separate to your motivation, and something you always do. Motivation is something you feel when you want change.
The problem is, working out for days on end can bring on health problems including stress fractures, tendon and muscle strains, as well as feeling drained of energy. All of which discourage people from continuing to train.
We become impatient, look for quick gains, become frustrated and feel like giving up altogether.
Achieving desired results is not a quick process, yet it’s definitely achievable by anyone with consistency. It’s not even subject to whether a person has the ‘’natural talent’’ or ‘’good genes’’.
Consistency in training will bring more substantial results than periodic extreme and short-sighted fitness routines.
And this obsession with always needing to have a ‘’hard workout’’ frequently violates an even more basic principle of smart training which is at the heart of consistency – moderation.
In your 40’s slow and steady not only wins the race but helps one get to the finish line later in life.
A consistent and effective routine will take some time to develop. After a couple of months (once the motivation has worn off), it will be part of your daily process. Once you hit that level it is smooth sailing, almost on auto-pilot.
Sustainable fitness requires a paradigm shift.
Sure, in the beginning it will be difficult at times to prepare all your meals, do all your mobility, and get to every training session. But that’s where being accountable to a personal trainer often yields the best results, not necessarily the training itself.
My best advice here is to concentrate on the task at hand – neither dwelling on the past, nor looking too far forward. The only thing you can control is the present. And when you focus on that and remain consistent, you will find your greatest success.
Consistency is not a skill or talent that is needed to implement, you yourself have direct control over it. It’s in the present.
I leave you now with the wise words of Aristotle…
We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.
See you on the training floor.