Two Main Reasons Why You Aren’t Reaching Your Fitness Goals
You’ve been exercising for a year or two now.
You’ve tried plenty of different exercises, workout programs, paleo diet, low carb diet, atkins diet, intermittent fasting, almost everything under the sun.
You were told that doing X workout with Y diet would show you how to lose fat and build muscle at the same time.
You begin to research bodybuilding websites to try to correct your form on exercises.
For some reason, you aren’t achieving the body that you’ve hoped for.
You scroll through instagram and you see people who are getting tons of great results with this diet or this workout program and you wonder why it seems that everyone around you is getting great results.
except for you.
So you start looking around the internet to find solutions as to why you aren’t reaching your fitness goals.
You start spending hundreds of dollars on supplements that promise you those six pack abs.
The people over at Prosource tell you that if you really want to start losing fat and getting jacked you should be taking testosterone boosters along with a variety of other supplements.
Does this sound familiar?
You’re not the only one.
Matter of fact, there are hundreds of thousands of people all across the world who seem to be stuck in a rut.
Maybe its a strength plateau or maybe you can’t seem to gain or lose just those few extra pounds to really start seeing the results that you’ve been hoping for.
I was in the same boat.
There are TWO MAIN REASONS why many people in the fitness industry don’t achieve the body they hoped for.
In this post I’m going to talk about why there are so many of us who can’t seem to reach their goals no matter how hard they try.
So here’s the deal, I’m going to make this post relatively short because the message is so strong that it doesn’t even need much explanation.
I guarantee you that if you simply follow these two simple ass rules, you can achieve virtually anything that you want in life.
So lets get down to it.
You never stick to just ONE thing.
This is so fucking important and its not just related to fitness and exercise.
But for the sake of you’re gains, I’m going to talk about why this ONE principle could be the reason why you aren’t getting the results you want.
It isn’t just a coincidence that people who hire personal trainers have much better results. The reason is because personal trainers know the importance of sticking to just ONE workout program and just ONE diet regimen.
It’s that damn simple and there are so many people in the fitness industry who are frustrated because they aren’t seeing results.
When I ask my clients what exercises they are doing on a weekly basis and what kind of diet they are on, they automatically become hesitant and say things like:
- “Well I tried this one workout program from a Men’s health magazine for a week and didn’t see much results so I dropped it”
- “I was on the paleo diet for a little while but I just didn’t feel like it was the right fit for me so I decided to try a vegan diet instead, now I’m on a high fat low carb diet.”
- and the worst / most common one I get is, “I don’t know I kind of just go in the gym and do whatever and then I drink a protein shake afterwards and eat when I’m hungry.”
STICK TO ONE WORKOUT PROGRAM AND ONE DIET PROGRAM AND YOU WILL SEE RESULTS NO MATTER WHAT
Most of the programs out there, matter of fact pretty much all of them are going to work.
So this is what I recommend:
- Choose ONE workout program and ONE diet regimen
- Stick to it for ONE MONTH
- You’re going to come across other opportunities that seem like you should try instead, DO NOT DO IT. STICK TO YOUR PROGRAM.
- Depending on if you are seeing results or things are getting worse, adjust accordingly.
It’s really that easy. I can’t emphasize how important it really is to just stick to one thing at a time.
You don’t stay consistent in your efforts.
This goes hand in hand with reason #1.
So many people who go to the gym LOVE LOVE LOVE to go 110% when they first start out.
They do everything humanly possible to make sure that they are making gains.
People might even start seeing decent results after going fucking intense for a solid two weeks.
Then they hit a brick wall.
Don’t hit a brick wall.. it hurts..
But seriously, what I’m really trying to get at is by going as hard as possible when first starting out…
you’re bound to burn the hell out
It is SIGNIFICANTLY better if you start things a little slow in the beginning.
In the case of working out, you should just workout 2 maybe 3 times a week. Instead of lifting 5 times a week followed by 2 or 3 days of cardio on top of that. I don’t even work out that much and I’ve been doing this for almost 9 years now.
There’s pretty much two types of people when they first start exercising:
- Someone who goes balls to the wall hard at the gym for a short period of time and suddenly just vanish.
- The person who starts off a little slow but doesn’t miss a workout. Not one workout missed.
I’m sure you guys agree that the latter is the one who is going to succeed.
Once again here is what I would recommend and its pretty damn simple yet so freakin’ effective it’s ridiculous:
- Choose a program that can suit your lifestyle, meaning, one that can fit in your schedule.
- I recommend going only 3 days a week if you are just beginning to work out
- During those 3 days at the gym, lift heavy and focus on compound exercises (one day involving bench, one day dedicated to squats, and one day strictly deadlifts and rows)
- Forget about cardio for now until you have formed the habit of exercising.
- DO NOT SKIP ONE OF THOSE THREE DAYS (THIS IS CRUCIAL)
Here’s a little nerd science behind the reason why this is so important if you are trying to reach your fitness (or anything else) goals:
By staying consistent with something, your brain is actually working strengthening its neural pathways related to that certain activity. What this means is that when you are doing something that you don’t really feel like doing, you are making it easier for yourself to get started the next time you have to do it.
This is why one of the main reasons I am explaining to you guys that I recommend working out only 3 days a week when you are first starting out.
Every time you don’t feel like doing something (working out), that should be your queue to take action directly towards it.
A great example is how we learned how to walk as babies.
When we took our first steps, I’m sure we fell thousands of times. After every failure, we would get back up and try walking again. Our brain was actually strengthening and thickening the neural pathways so that it knew how to make our bodies walk.
Now we don’t even think about walking. We don’t have to think, “okay, my left foot goes first, then my right, and so on” We just walk. No thoughts, we just do it.
This is exactly why you should NOT MISS ONE WORKOUT. NOT EVEN ONE OF THEM.
Because by doing so, you are strengthening your neural pathways in your brain to want to work out.
You are making it a habit. You are becoming consistent.
And this is why people who go full force, 7 days a week, balls to the wall, always end up burning out. It’s because you can’t possibly be that consistent with max effort when you are first starting out. That’s like trying to run without learning how to walk.
There you have it, if you didn’t feel like reading the whole thing and just scrolled down to the bottom, a quick summary:
- REASON #1 – You never stick to just ONE thing.
- REASON #2 – You don’t stay consistent in your efforts.
- Doing something (working out) consistently without skipping an exercises strengthens the pathways in your brain which makes it easier and easier to do that certain thing.
- When you first begin working out, I suggest just going 3 times a week (one day for benchpress, one day for squats, one day for deadlifts and rows)
- Relating to the above point, DO NOT SKIP one of those days. This will make working out a habit and eventually you will reach your fitness goals.
- Just. Fucking. Do. It.