You may often hear me talk about consistency builds results. Well at least being consistently good, because we can be consistently bad too. But I get it, being consistently good isn't really all that easy...In matter of fact, sometimes that's the hardest part about training. So, in this Lifestyle Blog, I wanted to share three ways that you can help build consistency in your training routine whether you are a beginner, or life has been seeming keeping you off track and you're trying to get back on your A Game!
1.) Put Yourself First
In today's society, we are so eager to meet the time schedule of everyone else's agenda. I'm not saying that being on time is a bad trait to have, in fact it's good to be on time or early right? But let's not forget about being on time for ourselves too. If we have something schedule for ourselves to do that will benefit us, why do we put these things off so easily? If you have a meeting with someone, we will be sure to show up on time or feel the need to apologize if we're late. But if we show up late to our own schedule workout that we are doing for us, do we apologize to ourselves for being late or even worse, missing it?
My point is, remember you matter too, you need to put yourself first in order to meet the demands around you. I have to be sure to put myself first so I can be the best coach I can be for my clients. If I'm not continually learning, taking care of my body, and living a life where I'm not fully happy, how would I expect to the best for my clients? This is something you need to remember as well for yourself to be the best you.
2.) Show Up
I get it, not everyday you want to go to the gym and workout. I'm going to share a little secret with you...I work at the facility where I train at, and sometimes even being there, I still don't want to train. So yes I can relate to how you feel. But you are trying to be consistent with your training. So even on the days that you're not feeling it, JUST SHOW UP. Have no expectations of your workout other than showing up. Go in and do your warm up, and I'm 99% positive that your mood will change and you will at least achieve something on that day. Train yourself to SHOW UP even on your bad days.
3.) Embrace Pain
Everyone tries to sell you on things to make you more comfortable. As people we sure do like our comfort. But I know you've heard this before, but nothing good comes out of your comfort zones. In good, we mean growth. We really need to get back to the idea of embracing challenge is cool. Because when you feel pain, it usually means there is weakness in a certain area of your life. So we need to attack it! Now this isn't an excuse to go and destroying yourself every day like you're trying to impress someone. In fact, we believe in pushing you right to your limit, but not smoking right past it. This keeps us in check of hard training and not dumb training. You can read more HERE on my latest article that I wrote for EliteFTS!
When building consistency, embrace the pain of feeling uncomfortable. Because when you can flip this idea of, "this sucks I'm not good at this" to "this sucks I need to improve" your whole training and mindset will make a huge shift! You will look at training through a new lens. My best clients that get the best results all have this common trait in common...They embrace the challenge of improving their weak areas!
We live in this time where the world is moving fast, and we expect to have to do everything for everyone first. But lets not forget about you. You want to build consistency in your training or at least maybe get it back. You're tired of feeling like you're failing yourself. You want to feel like the best you that you can. To feel good and healthy. To look good in your clothes. And feel confident. If this is where you're at, keep these three things in motion on a daily basis and you will build that consistency that you need. Practice putting yourself first, make sure that you are showing up, and embrace the idea that at times it's going to be tough, but keep going because this is where you find real success!
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Physical Prep Coach & Owner of Joel Younkins Training.