It’s quite a sad sight to see nowadays – people not getting the results that they work so hard for.
Millions of men & women go to the gym every single week, they’re dedicated, hardworking & they pour their hearts out for months on end. Yet all they have really gained is a pile of empty water bottles in the cupboard.
They gaze at the few who just seem to have amazing physiques, lift huge weights & seem to have the health & vitality of a monk!
Well what’s the difference in the two types of people?
What separates the few who get the results VS the many who dream of getting them?
Well over the past 13 years I have noticed a few key things that the ‘lucky, genetically gifted’ people do, that nobody else really takes action on.
To be completely honest – these probably aren’t going to be some great, new, shiny rules that have only been discovered by scientists.
They’re just ‘trick of the trade’ so to speak.
So here they are:
- Set A Specific Goal
This first on my list because I believe that it holds everything else together.
If you don’t know where you are going, how do you ever expect to arrive at your destination?
Would you ever dream of going to a new job on your first day & setting off driving in ay random direction & HOPING that you would arrive on time & in the correct place?
Of course you wouldn’t!
But strangely that’s exactly what a lot of people do with their physique & performance
People just aimlessly train not really towards a specific ATTAINABLE goal – its either to ‘lose weight’ or ‘bulk up’
Having a goal to work towards ensures you are on the right path & if you ever stray from it you can readjust & get cracking again. Confident that youre on the right track & moving forward.
If it’s your physique that you want to improve, then get some pictures of people you want to look like pinned up on your wall.
If its performance (whether it be strength, speed, flexibility, agility, stamina etc.) then the same applies for you.
Work out what a realistically achievable goal is for the next 6-12 months, write it down & put it somewhere that you will see it EVERY SINGLE DAY.
Doing this will ensure that you have a constant focus of what you MUST DO every day in order for you to reach that goal!
- Don’t Ignore What Your Body Says To You
Too many times I talk to people who train when they’re either ill, tired or in pain.
This really gets my nickers in a twist!!
If you’re tired to start with how do you expect to put in the effort to train effectively? Even is by some miracle you did, your body is screaming for rest, so by pushing yourself hard you’re asking for an injury or at the very least you’re just going to push yourself deeper into exhaustion.
The same goes for being ill & ‘pushing though it’.
If your body is ill, its primary focus is to make you better, so again it needs rest.
Your body WILL NOT make any gains while you’re ill because all of its focus is to get you back to being healthy, not gaining mass on your biceps or setting a new PB on deadlifts
Please listen closely here.
If you’re injured then there is a problem within your body. Putting I though more stress will make the injury worse. Period.
Unless you are doing specific recovery training FROM an injury after it has been mended by medical staff or a physio then putting strain on a weakened, injured body part is just plain stupid.
You need to gain a sense of what your body is telling you & more importantly – listen.
- Prioritise Your Health Over Everything
This ties in with rule #2 nicely.
If you aren’t healthy then you can’t train as effectively as you would if you were in peak health
This means that every single workout you might only be getting 60% of your bodies potential output, which means 60% of the progress right?
If you aren’t in good health (meaning you’re stressed, don’t breath fully, have bad posture, injuries, bad nutrition etc.) then your body won’t be as effective at recovering from your workouts too.
This then means that you could be getting 60% from your workouts but because you aren’t recovering your body only progresses by 20-30% of your optimal
If you eat crap food, don’t stretch, your postures out of alignment which means your organs don’t function properly & you can’t breathe fully you’ve got no hope of your body even giving a small percentage of its energy to the workouts you put yourself through, never mind actually recovering muscles from the workouts
Your bodes main goal has & will always be to get you to be healthy & work optimally, if that’s not in place then kiss your gains goodbye!
- Find A Mentor
Finding someone that knows their stuff in your chosen field can literally shave decades off your learning curve.
This is a he advantage to you as you can take the guess work from everything & focus on the stuff that will get you the results!
I personally have 5 mentors in my life that I can get knowledge from
If you can’t get access to ANYONE (I find that hard to believe in this day & age with the internet) then I recommend reading!
Honestly – this is something that I’ve found recently but I can tell you one thing for sure, I’m NEVER going back to not reading as much as I do now!
You learn so much from books it’s untrue – plus you have the added bonus on dipping in & out of them at your leisure, no need to set appointments, travel to faraway places & pay for their time!
If reading isn’t your thing get them on audio tapes or look for videos!
Whichever way you want to do it – you need to learn more about what specifically will help you achieve your goal
- Be Consistent
If you can create a routine, form habits & be disciplined enough to stick to everything that you should be doing then you start & create a reinforced image of yourself that you are a person that gets sh1t done!
When you see yourself as someone that sticks to what you say you will do then you start & create momentum in your training
It will be hard at the beginning to get the process started yes, but when you start & put everything together & the results come you will again, reinforce yourself about the whole process & move up to another level.
Even if that jump in another level is you become a little more excited about eating healthy food or to stretch then so be it.
When you have consistency in your training you almost magnify progress because you build upon last time, rather than starting from scratch a few times a year
You enjoy sticking to the plan for the week & feel good about yourself looking back on the week & saying to yourself ‘Yeah. I did work my ass of didn’t I?’
It’s a nice feeling to have!
- Don’t Neglect Your Insides
I want to finish off with a biggie!
But I’ll keep it short don’t worry!
The conditions of your insides determine what your outside looks like – plain & simple
People who understand this one key principle have a massive advantage right away
I’m not going to tell you to eat your greens & drink plenty of water (you should be doing that anyway)
But what I will say is that up to 60% of the way you look is determined by what you consume
Not only how you look but how you feel too!
Lacking in energy?
It’s your foods!
What I will say is that what works for everyone else, might not necessarily work for you…
You see just like on the outsides, our insides are completely unique so what foods work for your gym buddy might not be the best way for you
The amount of the foods matter too.
Play around with the amounts of meals, amount of food per meal & what foods you eat to find what works for you the best.
Do your best to avoid processed foods, sugars & saturated fats – apart from that play around.
There you have it
My top 6 principles to keep in mind as you venture further into your journey
Like I said, nothing really earth shatteringly new right?
It’s mostly common sense stuff that just gets overlooked & neglected in the pursuit of mass marketed crap!
You have a choice to make now…
Continue the way you’re going and in 6 months time, you’ll probably still have the exact same body, continuing the exact same journey, repeating over and over.
OR you can follow my advice & start making real progress within your health & fitness!
I know which one I would choose.