Reasons You Should Stick To Your Training Plan
I often see people changing their training plan solely for the reason that they get bored.
While boredom can be a legit reason to change it up a bit, as if you are not enjoying what you do, the likelihood of your performance being good is low.
But I also see it being a personality trait many have in their day to day life. But with today’s society heavily promoting this behaviour with overconsumption, dating apps and the endless choices being thrown down our throats, it’s no wonder people “get bored”.
But dedicating yourself and sticking to your training plan for as long as you can, is actually the fastest way to get you results in the gym. After all, my assumption here is that most of you don’t just go to the gym for the fun of it, but also want to see some results in the efforts you put in?
So here are a few reasons to why you should stick to you plan, especially if you are pretty new to the gym.
- Movement is a skill.
In order to master any skill it takes time and repetition alongside awareness and self-reflection. If you look at any athlete, they picked their sport and kept drilling for years to develop the level of skills they needed to be among the best of the best.
Even if you don’t wish to become a master, improving your skill acquisition in your training will allow you to progress faster and help you avoid injuries long term.
- Strength takes time to build.
Whenever you lift something heavy you are putting stress on your body. If it was heavy enough, body will then adapt to that stress so that it prepares you to be able to handle it next time. Overtime, with more and more stress put onto your body through lifting heavier loads – you will get stronger.
Building strength will also have positive long term effects, as it will increase bone density. So it will either delay or help prevent osteoporosis and brittle bones.
- Building muscle requires progressive overload.
This is hugely dependant on the first two points as your muscles will grow as an adaptation to the amount of stress you are putting on your body. Better you move, the stronger you will become (in a safer manner) and therefore you’ll reap the benefits of adding muscle to your frame.
- It’s a way to practice presence and self-mastery
In this ever so fleeting life we live, seldom are we really present in the moment. In order to excel in the first three points, you need to develop a sense of focus, and as anything else practice makes you better. This focus allows you to stay in the moment and focus on the task at hand, which will help you stop procrastination, get things done more efficiently.
- It teaches you discipline
Just like any martial art or sport, showing up and drilling your skills with intense focus each week will give you a sense of discipline. Especially so if you don’t feel like doing it, but are showing up anyway. Again, this discipline will spill over to other areas of your life as you are able to stop reacting to the highs and lows of motivation and stay committed to the cause. THAT itself will give you a huge amount of self-respect, which leads to better confidence.
Just like life is not always fun and games, neither should you be chasing the next high from jumping from workout to workout.
The real benefits comes to the ones that keep their head down and focus on the small efforts they can do each week that builds on the last. It really isn’t harder than that, but until you tap into that mindset it will feel like the hardest thing you can do.