Assuming that you've set realistic goals and expectations for yourself, chances are, you may unfortunately not be making the progress that you would like to see. We could look at all of the training variables that go into a program. Volume, Intensity, Frequency, Means, Nutrition, and Recovery are all important variables that need to be addressed to really excel in a fitness training program. But, no matter how good the plan is, or how hard you try in the gym, there is always one factor that you need regardless of how good the plan is.
And that is CONSISTENCY.
The NBA Finals have just wrapped up, and LeBron James is still one of the best athletes that exist on this earth. You can love him or hate him, think that Jordan or Kobe were better than he was, but we're going to use him as an example in this blog post right now. Do you think, with LeBron being one the best players in the league, that his effort towards being the best is inconsistent? If you're saying yes, don't be naive to your emotional feelings towards him. Someone like him is obsessed and he is consistently after getting better. If he has a few down games were he doesn't live up to the hype, that happens. But guess what? All of his 50 plus point games and all the incredible CONSISTENT things that he's known so well for, will outshine his not so good moments when they do happen. Because he is CONSISTENTLY GOOD.
Do you work? Do you have a career? Are you an athlete? If you answer yes, wouldn't you agree that being consistent helps produce results? Would you expect to be were you are now without consistent work? If you're agreeing with me right now on all this, then good, we're on the same page.
We expect consistency to produce results in many areas of life. So why wouldn't we want to accept and agree that it would work exactly the same for fitness? How could we think that when it comes to our fitness, that consistency is not that important? Do we really think that 4 days out the week we can follow a good diet, and the other 3 we just eat whatever we please? That's just over 50% of the time being consistent. It needs to be much closer to 80-90% of the time...
The best part of working on consistency, is that you don't have you don't always have to have good days. That's the beauty, you can work at it so much, that when you have a bad day, it doesn't effect the big picture. The consistency allows you to build up a lot of good work in the process.
You may be right on track to hit your fitness goals or even just get the most out of your fitness. But no matter what plan or diet you follow, if you're not getting the consistency part down, you are leaving huge progress to made on the table!
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Physical Prep Coach & Owner of Joel Younkins Training.