Consistency is the make or break factor when it comes to programming towards your training or aesthetic goals. Whilst having a training program that has been tailored to your individual needs or goals will maximise the chances of you getting the results you’re after; a general program will also produce results if it is followed consistently.
Whether you train 3 days a week, 4 days a week, or whatever your committed training schedule is – getting yourself to the gym and consistently putting in the work and nailing your program will always produce the best results. Absolutely destroying your body 6 days a week will leave you sore, and feeling broken, not a feeling that will promote consistency and you’ll often find that by overcommitting to training, the schedule is unsustainable or your body can’t recover fast enough.
This is why personal training clients get the best results. They commit to 3 or 4 days a week, show up for themselves and their coach. They get in, put in the work and leave knowing that they’ve nailed it.
Are you one who struggles to commit, or get a sustainable routine together, so that you can be consistent with your training? Here are FIVE tips to help get you motivated to create, and stick to, a schedule!
- Be consistent with your training time. Plan to be at the gym at the same time on your planned training days. Whether that be before work, during your lunch break or after work before you go home – write it in your diary like you would for any other appointment. Hold yourself accountable to this appointment. Aim for 100 days of training appointments before trying a week without writing it down.
- Don’t procrastinate. Never skip a workout on a Monday and then have to backload your training at the end of the week. This will not only inhibit your recovery – making you sore, tired and unmotivated – but it is incredibly counterproductive in creating a sustainable routine.
- Hire a coach. This is probably the simplest, and most effective way in guaranteeing that you will create a sustainable routine. Stop using Instagram models as guides to what you should be putting in your workout. Having structure is crucial for long term commitment and consistency.
- If this is a new routine for you, you will be tired and sore. Anyone who tells you that you won’t experience DOMS (Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness) is lying and just trying to get you to exercise with them. But, don’t let it deter you! Still go to the gym as per your calendar and do some light cardio or mobility drills. You never know, you may be inspired to push through the soreness when you get there! It doesn’t matter what you decide to do when you get there – but you need to if you want the routine to stick.
- Never use the gym as a punishment. Implementing a gym routine in your life as a way to ‘make up’ for previous bad behaviours is starting a routine in a negative mindset, when this type of journey needs to be positive.
Implement these and let me know how you go!