Consistency

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We’ve all heard the expression ‘consistency breeds results’,,,,,well anyway if you’re an athlete you’ve likely heard it.  How does one become consistent?  Through practice?…..yes.   Perseverance?  Absolutely.  When I say consistency in a workout sense I am sure many of your brains lead to words like more, longer, two a days, extra, etc.  None of these terms truly convey consistency (ask 6 time Mr. Olympia Dorian Yates).  I was speaking to a dear friend of mine the other day, an old timer:) like myself and he relayed a quote he’d heard on a Jon Dela Rosa video clip “If you’re not happy, you’re wasting your time”.  Now we could blow those off as just words, but that’s quite a statement, especially in the realm of fitness.  How often do you find yourself with an excuse to not…..finish that last rep, do your cardio, train abs, train forearms.  Ah yes, the fun stuff that separates the successful competitor from the gym member.  If those things aren’t fun to you, figure out why.  Are you over trained, under motivated, not stimulated by your training environment?

The very first step towards reaping physical change and seeing results is laying out a game plan.  No plan, little to no success….or realistically from a trainers perspective you will change at first (water weight drop) and stop changing very rapidly as well.  You must stick to and not deviate from a sound game plan.   This is a big step towards consistency.  The next step would be to set realistic, time dictated goals.  These goals cannot be pipe dreams.   They must be achievable, without being a foregone conclusion.  I personally like 30, 60 and 90 day goals.  One month not only gives you, the trainee time to acclimate yourself to a training or diet protocol, it also gives me, the trainer, enough time to assess where manipulations need to take place for continued success.  Once that initial  30 day block has been knocked out and you didn’t deviate, it’s time for that next 30 day block.  In that one month, you achieved a level of consistency!  The next 30 day block should be easier.  I caution you though, once you stray from the plan, its almost a complete reset because you were not consistent and you set yourself up for future stumbles.

One can take those 30 day blocks to achieve consistency in a number of categories in life.  The one thing we can always count on is change.  From the weather, to our friends, to where we live, change is inevitable.  This is beyond our control.  What we can and should control, if success is our goal, is our own consistency.  Set aside 2 hours on 2 separate days of the week, say Monday and Thursday to prepare all of your meals for the week.  Chances are, if you are consistent about preparing these meals in Tupperware containers, you will likely be consistent eating these meals.  How about next we set up 4 days of 30 minute blocks to perform cardio….next 1 hour 3 days per week for weights.  Don’t just do these things, do them enthusiastically with a smile on your face because you can see the light at the end of the tunnel.  None of this represents an unusual time commitment, especially considering the reward!  Ok so since I’ve COMMITTED myself to writing 500 words once weekly to post on our website and facebook page, I’ll leave you with the words of Aristotle “We are what we repeatedly do.  Excellence then, is not an act, but a habit”.

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