Pillar #1 – Stay Consistent
This is an obvious, but important rule. If you’re missing more than a handful of workouts each year something has to change. Perhaps you’re simply trying to hit the gym each week using more days than your schedule realistically allows. If so, it’s ok to drop a training day or two per week and use a less demanding schedule. You will still make progress and experience quality gains.
Remember that results come from progression of weight over time. You don’t need to live in the gym to reach your goals. Do what it takes to remain consistent.
Pick a program and stick to the program. Make sure your current program fits your lifestyle. If work or school is kicking your ass and you find yourself short on time, it doesn’t make sense to try and train 5 to 6 times per week for 90 minutes a pop.
Successful lifters get it done. They don’t make excuses and find a way to get to the gym. If you are making excuses rather than finding ways to lift, you are only shooting yourself in the foot.
Another point regarding consistency: you need to keep working out year in and year out. Too many trainees hit the gym hard for 3, 6, 9 or even 12 months and then fall away. They frequently take periods of time away from the iron and lose their momentum.
Far too many trainees place unrealistic demands and burdens upon themselves. They race out of the starting gate like madmen, only to fizzle and burnout a few months later. I’ve seen this happen way too many times over the years, even to the hardest and smartest working lifters.
Consistency is not just about getting your butt to the gym. Consistency is also about choosing a workout system that doesn’t burn you out so that you can continue to lift week in and week out, year in and year out.
Find a way to keep lifting. Lifting is a marathon, not a sprint. Pace yourself.
Can you imagine the progress you would make during the coming year if you completely dedicated yourself to not missing workouts? I can. In fact, I can tell which lifters are going to make rapid progress, and which lifters aren’t by their obsession with getting back to the gym. They live, breathe and dream of progress. They know what they want, and are motivated to get it.