A lot of people who start off on the path to achieving their chosen fitness goals fail to achieve them
A lot of those fail to even come anywhere close to it. Months pass and they are still spinning their wheels with no real progress showing.
While many people talk themselves into believing that there is something outside of their control that is stopping them from achieving what they said they wanted this is rarely the case.
In our facility we constantly see clients achieving the goals that they set out several months before. Every single one of them has the following vital factors nailed down.
On the rare occasion that a client doesn’t achieve a chosen goal it is always they are always missing one of these vital elements.
As you read each one take a second and see if it applies to you and do something about it.
1) Not turning up. This always amazes me. A lot of people simply don’t train after choosing their goal.
- If you have a goal of putting on 14lb of muscle you need to train.
- Want to go from 0 to 10 chin ups? You need to train.
- Want to drop 2 dress sizes worth of fat? You need to train.
I’ve had clients pay €300 per month and not turn up for their sessions. I’ve talked to people who tell me all about their goal of running a marathon yet missed the last 3 weeks of training for no reason. I’ve had people tell me they want a 6 pack, train for a week and then stop.
You need to put in the time and actually train. No-one ever reached their fitness goals by talking about or only writing them down. You must take action.
2) Training hard enough.
Carrying on from the last point, when you do actually turn up to train, you must train hard. You must significantly get out of your comfort zone on a consistent basis until your reach your goal. Comfort zones don’t promote progress in anything. Challenging the body in a safe environment with smart programming is the only way to progress and maintain it for life.
The great news is that once you achieve you goal it takes a lot less effort to maintain it (unless your goal was a very elite level goal such as getting to 6% body fat). You must put in a massive effort and train harder than you thought possible for yourself, achieve your goal and then maintain it or challenge yourself with a new goal which is our recommended route. Don’t hold back.
3) Your lifestyle sucks.
I’ve written a ton about this in other blogs so I won’t go into it too much here.
If you are serious about your goals:
- Remove processed foods- stopping eating junk and fill your house up with nutrient rich foods such as veggies, fruits, proteins, fats and carbohydrates.
- Sleep 7-8 hours per night getting to bed by a11pm at the latest- you can’t compete with sleep deprivation and your body simply won’t recover. You also will have limited ability to build muscle, burn fat or perform better in your sport and everyday life
- Get hydrated- 2 litres of water and 8-12 portions of fruit and veg a day (which should give you 3 litres of water in total) is a great starting place for anyone who is lacking in the water department. Set a foundation and work from there.
- Manage your stress by meditating, getting regular massages, sleeping adequaltely, spending time with your family and friends, etc. Being stressed out makes it harder to burn fat, recover so that you can train hard and just feel better overall.
- Don’t party so much. Nobody ever made any real progress by partying every Friday and Saturday. If you are serious about hitting your goal, IT’S OKAY TO GO OFF THE DRINK FOR 3 MONTHS. Depending on the client and their goals, once a month can do the trick whereas once a week will leave you scratching your head and wondering why you’re not progressing.
4) Your training sucks.
Most people are clueless about how to design an effective program for their goals.
A lot of people (not all) also don’t know how to perform exercises safely.
Looking to sculpt your physique? 60 minutes of cardio 5 days a week won’t do it. No one has ever sculpted a lean physique this way so it’s not going to work for you.
No one ever truly increased their strength and power by adding in 3 spinning classes a week.
Bodybuilding doesn’t transfer over into G.A.A. too well. Why are you training like a body builder?
Summary: These are just some of the reasons that many people fail to achieve their fitness goals or even come any where close to them. You need to train hard, lead a clean lifestyle and train appropriately for your goals.
Oh yeah, don’t forget to actually turn up. That always helps.