It’s not all about the workouts
Many people spin their wheels looking for results in their fitness programs. They have been working out hard, spending more time in the gym and pushing their body. This is a good thing. And let me be the first one to encourage you to keep going. Do not quit and stay motivated to achieve your goals. There are 168 hours in a week. If you workout 1 hour a day that equates to 4% of the week. Those workouts matter. You need to create stimulus on the body to attain a result. But many other components are needed to truly maximize your time in the gym and gain results.
Here are my 5 components to gaining major gains in a fitness program:
- Creating a positive, determined and gritty mindset is needed to reach ultimate fitness levels. This tenacious attitude will give you the persistence needed to keep on pushing. There will be bad workouts and there will be times when your body reaches plateaus. These things happen to high-level athletes and super fit individuals. You will have to persevere to bust through these obstacles. It’s not easy to reach for the next level of fitness and performance so you must build a strong mindset to support your endeavors and keep you driving onward to your goals.
- Nothing works without consistency. Your nutrition plan, your mindset and your training sessions. The ingredient that directs you to stellar results is consistency. It’s not sexy. It’s not a quick fix. It’s you completing the task over and over and over again. You consistently eat a healthy breakfast. You consistently drink adequate water during the day. You consistently work on your positive mindset. You consistently have quality sleep. Put in the time. Fitness is not a 60-day program. It’s a lifestyle. And if you want to attain more energy, high levels of performance, limit your chances of disease, you must be consistent the rest of your life!
- Circle of Influence. I can’t tell you how important this component is to reaching maximum fitness levels. Surrounding yourself with people that are constantly positive and pushing themselves, keeping you accountable and striving for personal excellence are needed factors to help you reach your goals. On the other hand, the wrong people will persuade you to “get off your diet” or “don’t go to the gym today”. Put those types of people on the back burner and find positive and supportive individuals that will keep you on track.
- When you get hurt, you can’t train and when you can’t train, you will not get better. When you are putting the time to workout, once you leave the gym, you have to start focusing on recovery. During recovery is when the body rebuilds, replenishes and improves. This component seems to be the missing piece for many gym goers. They train and they eat right but their body is always in a state of exhaustion. This leads to overtraining, burnout and injury. Which then puts you on the “PUP list” (physically unable to perform). Sleep, nutrition, smart training, hydration, massage, icing therapy and meditation can all be forms of recovery. Recover better so you can train harder and reach new levels of fitness.
- Of course this article would be incomplete without some words on nutrition. Nutrition is not some idea where you need to be perfect and eat steamed chicken and broccoli everyday. Peak nutrition gives you peak health. Peak nutrition gives you energy to take your performance to high levels. Peak nutrition aides in recovery outside the gym. We need quality nutrition to fight infection and disease. Be aware of what goes into your body. Always ask the question, “Will this piece of food give me more energy or deflate my vitality?” Food is your fuel to perform at the game of life. If you want to perform at stellar levels, then you need the most quality of food going into your body on a consistent basis. If you want lower body fat, lean muscle, an athletic body and a finely tuned system, what you eat needs to be a priority.
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