umanity has become impatient. Gone are the days when 'good things take time'. Thanks to technology the world expects results immediately, and this reflects the worlds approach to health and fitness.
Nowadays most people are looking for the quick fix to obtain those instant abs and shed those extra 5 kg before their holiday. We are constantly hunting for the right formula to achieve those ever-allusive health and fitness goals.
Ironically, it’s not that complicated. All we need is 3 simple reminders to reach our fitness goals.
The problem is split between our impatience to allow a long-term goal enough time to manifest and a general lack of understanding of what is actually needed to achieve our goals.
Training does not need to be complicated. In our impatience we seem to think the more we do the quicker our results will appear. We don’t need to be doing yoga, pump, spin and Zumba classes, plus some F45 as well as running marathons. There are plenty of new training techniques out there which claim to work, but most of the world has forgotten that it is SIMPLE TRAINING which can get you into the best shape of your life.
Simple training does not mean ‘boring’. In fact simple, evidenced-based training will teach you more than ever about your body, and will give you long-term life knowledge, so you can remain in good shape all year round (not just for a few weeks before that holiday).
Believe it or not….
The marketing-savvy fitness gurus out there have noticed universal impatience and are sucking you in with new FAD training techniques made fashionable by social media. However most of you will end up back at square one, scratching your head and wondering WTF you have to do to get 'that body'.
And in other breaking news: Most of those 'dream bodies' on Instagram are tricking you. They might be selling this quick fix program as the answer to all your questions, but in reality, away from social media, they too are using patience, long term goal setting and an evidence-based approach to help sculpt their bodies.
Results are achieved by sticking to the basics, perfecting technique (as best you can), progressively overloading the movements performed and most importantly allowing sufficient time to pass (whilst adhering to the previously mentioned components).
Adherence to any training program is key to ensure the desired goal is actually achieved - so there may be times where new exercises are selected or training methods applied simply to boost mental stimulus. And that’s ok, if it’s part of the greater plan and allows you maintain direction in your training BUT allowing too much of these flashy workouts to become a consistent theme in your training will send you down the wrong path.
Results take time. Training in the moment definitely has its benefits but substantial, long-term results are achieved by sticking to a well designed plan that focuses on progression of load, volume and just enough movement variety and complexity to keep you interested.
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