Some people are training for fun, some for health, some for sports and some for changes in body composition, be it weight loss or muscle gain.
Everyone who begins training usually has a personal goal in mind.
It is this goal that drives people to get up early and go training before work.
It is this goal that gets players out training on cold rainy autumn nights.
It is these goals that gets people into the gyms and leisure centres after a long day’s work.
Goals are what get most people started into training, but there is another, more important factor that will actually see these people achieve their goals.
During my time as a Fitness Instructor and as a Personal Trainer, I have seen all manner of people set out on their fitness journeys.
They start off with focus and fervour, training almost every day for a few weeks and never missing a session.
Then, you might not see them for a week.
Then I will see them for 3-4 days in a row and then, nothing for another week.
Then, it’s a day here and a day there.
Then, it’s another week off.
Then, after a few weeks of this pattern repeating itself, these members/clients come to me to complain that they can’t understand why they’ve had such poor results.
After all, they started out with good intentions, did a few consistent training sessions and only missed a week or 3 in between these sessions.
Why is it they are not seeing the results they wanted??
The answer is simple and it’s one word long.
Being consistent will give better results than being sporadic and freestyling your training
The simple fact is this if you put inconsistent effort in, then your chances of success are slim.
When you start out on a training program you need to be realistic when it comes to how often you can train.
Going to the gym 5-6 days per week only to miss a week and then repeat that cycle won’t get you the results you desire.
Try and set a realistic goal that you can stick to every week.
Consistently training 2-3 days per week WILL get better results long term over the aforementioned cycle of training.
Remember that changes in body composition, strength gains or on field performance improvements is your body’s way of adapting to the stresses you place on it through exercise.
But if the stress is not placed on it with any regularity, then your body doesn’t really sense the need to compensate and you won’t see any results.Remember this; it isn’t just your training that needs to be consistent.
If your nutrition plan follows the same pattern as your training plan you are setting yourself up for double the failure rate. The best results are made through consistent effort made on all fronts.
You don’t have to live a life of total abstinence in order to get to where you want, but you have to stick to some sort of a consistent plan.
How quickly you reach your goals will be determined by how many consistent days per week you follow the plan.
If you are a beginner, I would recommend 2-3 days per week.
If you have been training consistently for a period of time, you might need 3-4 days per week in order to give your body the appropriate stimulus for it to adapt and change.
If you are feeling a bit lost, drop me a line through the link below and I will lay out a plan to help you stay on track with your training and help you to finally achieve your goals.
* Emmet is the owner and operator of Rushe Fitness