Progress is measured by results or/and the other way around. The only way to know is with actual numbers. So why is it that so many people fail to finish what they started, fail to achieve their goals (if they had some). Could it be the fear of failure? The fear of changing their lifestyle and get out of their comfort zone? Yet gradually eliminating some bad habits is often what will lead you to great results that last as long as you want, and your dedication does not need to be legendary.
Everybody seems to believe that we need to have a black belt in discipline to get to our goals but all you need to do is find that one bad habit that feeds the others. Finding that culprit is tricky and often needs a minimum of self-awareness so here are some of them.
1. Bringing your cell on the gym floor.
Very disrespectful for all your fellow trainees, especially if you are the loud mouth talking away in between sets or if you are making people wait because your ass is sitting on a benchpress, which might needed by others, but hey, sorry to bother you bud, some of us are trying to train around your conversations.
In these highly technologically advanced days, it’s hard to unplug. With all these different applications helping us improve our workout needs, a lot of people rely on their phones as training partners, with all the ‘’other distractions’’ that comes with it. However, your training and goal requires 100% effort and all your attention for the next hour. Your rest periods were not invented to take selfies.
2. Your workouts are based on what you like to do, not what you should do.
Most people finish off their workouts with a few sets of abs. If it were result producing, we would see a lot more people with abs. In the same vein, most guys love to train arms, but there is still a skinny leg epidemic. 2 basic rules;
- Abs are made in the kitchen (but not limited to)
- The body requires balance. Would you train only your left arm? I don’t think so. So training your left side as much as your right side makes as much sense as training your upper body as much as your lower body. Does that make sense?
Doing your legs can even boost your upper body gains, not even talking about how much fat you can burn during an intense leg session.
Fat does not contract, so stop thinking that doing abs will help you lose fat on your stomach. SO do what you have to do in the kitchen, as well as in the gym.
3. You believe the most common myths about fitness.
– You believe that you gain mass very easily
– If you train harder, you easily overtrain
– Woman shouldn’t lift more than 5 lbs (Tracey Andersonerism)
– Lots of butt exercises will give you a great butt
– You can open up your rib cage with specific exercises
– You drink chocolate milk as a post workout
– Meat will give you cancer
– Too much protein makes her big muscles…
So many myths, so little time. All these myths are there and were invented for one reason, to make it easier to find excuses.
4. Your program is…
Obsolete after 3-4 weeks for most regular and serious gym goers. What is the average program change frequency for Joe Cellular and Tracey Abs? 10 to 12 weeks. Most people lose about 25 to 30 weeks per year of great workouts and progress. Therefore, it seems that the lack of variety is a major cause of your absence of progress.
“Have you ever noticed an athlete in the weight room who is built like Tarzan, yet lifts weights better suited for Jane? Yet,there are other athletes who are every bit as strong and functional as they look” —by Joe DeFranco
5. Your program is…
…On the ‘’easier’’ side of intensity. Yes, you can be intense on the lat-pulldown, but greater results would come out of a good pull up session. Is it your trainers’ fault or your own? It basically goes down to what you told your trainer, so assume responsibility. More often than not, the answer lies in what you are not doing.
“Those who think they have no time to exercise will soon have to find time for illness.”