We’ve all been there. We have a goal in mind and decide to do something about it. We find the best course of action, get all the necessary tools, plan and attack with gusto.
● Boredom kicks in.
● Results aren’t happening as quickly as expected (“I’ve been doing this program for 3 days! I should see results by now”.)
● Insert typical excuse.
The grass is always greener, right?
When it comes to success (in pretty much all things in life), consistency is one of the most important attributes you can have and that goes double for your training plan.
One of the worst things you can do for results is bounce from plan to plan. Don’t get me wrong. There’s a level of variety that’s needed for your body’s and sanity’s sake, but going into every workout without a plan will get you nowhere fast.
I’m a huge proponent of “Instinctive Training” and listening to your body, but sometimes you need to tell your body to shut the hell up and do the work whether you feel like it or not.
Mistake #1: Program Hopping
I’ve made this mistake many a time in the past. I’d start on a plan only to change course before my goal had been actualized. Like I said, the grass is greener, eh?
This is the number one mistake because I’ve seen it happen over and over again. If you try something for 3-7 days and it doesn’t work, it’s because you didn’t give it enough time. If you try to accomplish too many goals at once, you’ll never stick to any one thing long enough to see dramatic results.
EVERY. SINGLE. CLIENT (in MBody HQ, online, or through MBody Pro) who has seen the best results are the one’s who stuck to the plan for the duration of the plan.
Solution: Make sure you know exactly what you want as well as the price you are willing to pay to get there. Once you’ve done that, find a plan and stick to it for at least 14 days (30 is better) before changing courses.
Mistake #2: Getting Too Creative
“If I’m doing ____ plan can I also include running, HIIT, Oly lifting, swimming, hiking, biking,” etc, etc.
Don’t get too creative when following a plan. When you throw everything and the kitchen sink into your training agenda, it tends to weigh the whole thing down and causes you to lose focus.
When you find or create a plan that works for you, try to remember the ever-popular mantra of the self-help guru: K.I.S.S. Keep it simple, Sally. Or is it Stu? Whatever…
Solution: Don’t overcomplicate things. Use what’s useful and disregard the rest. Thanks, Bruce Lee.
Mistake #3: Not Tracking
I’ll be honest. I could probably put Tracking or Not Tracking in many a list. You know why? Because tracking is that important.
If you’re interested in changing your body or your performance for the better, then you need to think of yourself as a mad scientist performing endless and countless experiments on yourself. Every step you make should be spent trying to find better ways to work with your body. Not the general “you,” but the YOU sitting there reading this.
Solution: Get one journal and make that your Holy Grail of results. How certain foods react with you, how you are progressing with a plan, changes you’re seeing or feeling, etc. The Devil’s in the details. Always.
Always remember that consistency trumps intensity any day of the week. It’s not what you do once in a flashy, loud scene that will make a difference. It’s what you do day-in, day-out behind closed doors. Only after the time has been put in will the results reveal themselves to the world.