Are you struggling with getting real results from your workout? Let’s check out a common scenario for many trainees.
Many trainees and lifters have been going to the gym for a number of months or years. The sad truth is that many of these same trainees and lifters have no measurable results to show for it.
Perhaps you haven’t gotten stronger, and your body does not really look much different than it did when you started. It might actually look worse.
If you fall in this category, you should be frustrated! Remember, the whole point of training is to make improvements to your physique, your performance, and your mindset.
The question you may be asking yourself at this point is, “Why am I not getting any results from my workout?”
I’ll tell you why: because you are not SERIOUS.
When you are not serious about working out and eating better, how can you possibly expect to get great results?
There are three things that indicate you are not serious about working out.
1) You Stop and Start
So you trained hard for 2 weeks, and then you did not train at all for 3 weeks.
Then you trained for 1 week followed by not training for 5 days.
After that, you “kind of” trained for 2 days, followed by another 2 weeks off.
This pattern of inconsistency will not allow you to make any headway with your physique.
In order to truly improve your physique, you have to give a consistent, quality effort. No one who built a great body developed it by being inconsistent with their training.
But the real question is how can you solve this dilemma?
First, you will start by choosing 3 or 4 days each week to train. The number of training days might be higher or lower, but how often you train will be based on your overall goal.
If you choose to train on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, make sure you train on those days. Outside of major emergencies, there are no exceptions to this.
Don’t skip training because your favorite TV show is coming on.
Don’t skip training because it is raining outside.
And please don’t skip training because there is a little bit of traffic. Make your workout a priority or getting great results will never become a reality.
2) You Are Always Talking Junk
Do you know someone who lets you know every single thing that they are about to do, but they never follow through?
As their friend, you might listen. But when you look at the situation objectively you realize that the person is full of hot air.
In the iron game, I hear the talk all the time. Some examples of that talk are:
“Yo, I’m about to lose 20lbs!”
“Man, I’m about to do a bodybuilding show!”
“Girl, I’m about to build this beach body for vacation!”
“Bro, I’m about to get serious about my diet!”
“Coach, I’m about to get ready for football season!”
It all sounds good, but talking without taking any action is pure fake hustle.
99 percent of the time, these lofty goals go unrealized. Just because you posted it on social media to get cheap likes and attention does not mean it is going to happen.
Talking about it never got it done, but taking action always gets it done.
If you are serious about working out, you do not have to talk about it nonstop.
Just develop your plan of action, write it down, and go to work.
3) You Have No Accountability In Your Training Program
Accountability is big time like Tom Brady.
Let’s say you trained last week, and you benched 135lbs for 3 sets of 10. 4 weeks later you did the same thing and now 20 weeks later you are still doing the same dang thing.
Meanwhile, you still have the same bird chest you started with. Why?
Because you are not holding yourself accountable! You haven’t added any weight to the bar or even tried to do more reps.
You see your body responds to challenges. If your training does not challenge you then it is definitely not going to change you.
You have to get comfortable being uncomfortable. If you are using a real training program, there will be times when your workouts will be very uncomfortable.
Hard training is not easy, but it will change you in a positive way. Training hard will allow you to build a better body and develop mental toughness.
Accountability matters. And one way you can be accountable with yourself is by using a training log.
You can record your numbers and focus on improving on them each week. When your loading parameters (weight/reps/rest) improve then your body adapts wonderfully.
If you are not going to be accountable with yourself, then you need to find someone who will hold you accountable.
This person would be called an accountability partner. I have clients who have accountability partners and I will say it keeps them on track.
Having someone to train with, who has a similar goal and will not allow you to cheat yourself is an invaluable tool. Because if you are not moving forward, you are either staying stagnant or you are in a decline.
You can lie to yourself about where you are. The cronies and yes-men around you will lie to you too.
You have to get serious about training in order to get into phenomenal shape.
By staying consistent, not talking junk, and being accountable to yourself, you will have success in the iron game and be able to develop the body that you want.
I’ll holla at you next time.
The People’s Trainer,