How Your Life Experiences Impact Your Fitness Success
Note: This was a guest post on A King’s Castle, a great blog for Fathers Over 40 and self-development. Check their blog out here.
I wrote an article last week here on how to improve your fat loss results. There were some opposing views in the comments section, mainly in regards to whether or not men should go fast or go slow when beginning their fitness journeys. My article proposed the more moderate approach, whereas several comments disagreed and thought that a more aggressive approach was better. Today I’m going to address this.
I respect guys who do the aggressive route and have major success with it. I think it’s admirable and it takes balls to pull off and more importantly, to maintain. My younger brother is actually a perfect example of this when he began his journey back in 2013. He was in the gym five times per week, high volumes from the word go and he’s now a beast. All in all, I think it’s great. But there’s a problem with this when others try to replicate these results. Bear with me here.
I’m sure most of us agree that it’s going to be impossible to achieve any level of real, long-term success with fitness within a month. Or 3 months. Or even a year. To build an appreciable amount of muscle is going to take years, plural. To get to the point whereby you know how to stay lean year-round without risking muscle mass is likely going to take years also, especially if you are starting from a relatively high body fat percentage. Therefore, we need to be in the game for quite a long time.
With this in mind, how many people have you seen set New Year Resolutions and fail within a few weeks? Too many, I’m sure. It will always go something like this: “from January 1st onwards, I’m going to hit the gym every single day and never eat chocolate ever again™”
How many actually pull this off? My guess would be less than 5%. Many of you will say that these people deserve it as they aren’t committed enough. I partially agree. Only partially, because I know that some of these people could have succeeded if they had just tweaked their approach a bit. I see it as needless suffering, and I think it’s a shame that so many people quit so early. Why do so many people fail with their New Year’s Resolutions?
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