Consistency is golden!
A couple of years ago, while trolling through the abundance of YouTube videos. I was trying to find a fitness programs. (This was before I became a Personal Trainer). I just wanted to find a program I could do at home with the equipment I had at that time. I could have spent less time watching the whole series of Game of Thrones! It was, a challenging task. My mind felt like it was trying to swim through treacle. Everyone trying to sell you a program, saying their program is the best thing since Noah got his hammer out and visited the timber merchant because he heard the weather forecast for the next 40 days.
Anyway, I found a video of these two guys driving and having a conversation about working out and how important consistency is when exercising and training. This really hit me. It makes complete sense, but I never really gave it a second thought. The message was, whatever training program you follow, if you’re not consistent, you will not see the positive changes. It’s that simple, but I feel many people never take this into account. Credit to the Buff Dudes https://www.buffdudes.us/
People expect to see endless amounts of fat falling off their bodies or muscle being built within a few sessions lifting weights. If they don’t, they give up!
That’s right, 60% of gym membership goes unused. People spend their hard-earned cash every month without using the gym. This seems crazy! I know of a person who has two memberships and does not use both with any consistency. Money down the drain? Definitely.
Let’s face facts, when we go to gym, we have all good intentions. We go in all enthusiastic, buzzing around, soaking up the atmosphere that the gym vibe can give you. After a few weeks, you may start to miss days. Something comes up that stops us attending the gym which may be out of your control. You get ill and miss a few more session. Sounds familiar? It does to me. It’s not long before the gym membership card is gathering dust.
Everyone is different
We all are unique. That’s a wonderful thing! We must not expect to start lifting the same weights as the guy who has been lifting for five years. We also spend time online and trying to mimic the person who has a six pack and promises you that you can get you a solid set of abs if you leave your email and buy into their program. We expect results in a brief period with as less work as possible. Life doesn’t work that way.
Just be consistent
Because we are all uniquely different, some people will see results quicker than others. Never compare yourself to the girl or guy next to you. Their body might be genetically built to put on muscle quickly. They may have been training for many years! This does not mean it won’t happen to you, it just might take longer, results will happen by being consistent. Gradually increasing reps, weights and even sets over a period of months will get you stronger and fitter. (Progressive overload). There are no ifs or buts, it will happen. Every now and then you will look in the mirror or try on an old pair of jeans and you will gradually see your body composition changing over the weeks, months, years. Be consistent, trust the process it WILL happen.