Well it’s that time of year again. The gym is already starting to look less full. The crowd that vowed to get in shape on Jan 1 are slowly dissipating. This happens every year without exception – the realisation that in order to change you have to work hard consistently for the long haul, has not registered with these people. Seduced by promises of rapid physical change they arrive at new year full of high hopes and aspirations which inevitably crumble into dust.
Changing your body composition is hard, damn hard and requires a number of psychological attributes which are illusive for the majority of common mortal man. Certainly the majority of trainees will never acquire them.
The importance of training consistency
If your goal is to develop muscle mass, aside from favourable genetics and appropriate nutrition, without a doubt the number one key to success is training consistency. The ability to train when you don’t feel like training. The ability to show up no matter what, barring unforseen emergencies or illness.
The consistent application of basic training principles is the key ingredient of success for trainees commencing on their path to becoming bigger and stronger versions of themselves.
Whilst accepting that knowledge of appropriate training strategies is required, even the most intimate knowledge of weight training, and its application to build strength and size, is worthless without the personal motivation to apply it consistently.
Without training consistency all other factors are redundant.
Understand that application and training consistency is paramount, and without it you are doomed to failure in your endeavours.
Even if you possess the best training routine in existence, coupled with the most intelligent dietary approach, and the most complete understanding of muscle growth – without the consistency to apply this knowledge, it is worthless.
We don’t always feel like working out. Weight training done correctly is hard work and its easy to find an excuse to miss workouts. We fool ourselves that missing one session wont hurt, but if we are not careful our progress is derailed and we lose momentum. It is then easy to lose motivation and become despondent.
In order to prevent this ensure you maintain sight of your goal – visualise it, make its achievement a burning desire. Cultivate a do or die mentality which forces you to train.
Every individual who turns up at the gym in January shares the desire to improve their physique and/or get bigger and stronger. Only those with the correct mind-set however will acheive a satisfactory degree of success. The others will fall by the wayside and are unlikely to still be training consistently throughout the year. By summer they will have all gone.
Anything worth acquiring will only be attained through hard work, and that is how it should be, the law so to speak. However if you train hard and consistently for long enough, you will eventually achieve measurable results. Once achieved however, maintaining a decent degree of muscularity and conditioning will also be dependent on a regular schedule of training and appropriate diet as part of your lifestyle. Ensure this is incorporated into your weekly routine.
You have resolved to make changes. You need to decide whether the coming year will indeed be a catalyst for change. You have made resolutions in the past, but have you kept to them?. Look in the mirror and the answer will be revealed. Have you been training consistently?. We all start off with great intentions but it’s easy to lose sight of our goal and veer completely off course.
Make a commitment to be the best that you can be