Consistent Hard Effort Over Time: The Only Guaranteed Method of Success

I work in a unique setting. I manage and coach a CrossFit within a YMCA, so I am exposed to what is known here as “hardcore” athletes (the CrossFit athletes) and also our health seekers. A health seeker is your average person looking to get fit but really doesn’t know anything. Both crowds are extremely different but show up with the same question: “How do I get results?” My answer is the same to everyone – consistent hard effort over time.

We are plagued by fitness trends, people trying to get fit fast, drop hundreds of pounds, or compete at a high level. The truth is we all have to pay our dues before we get the rewards. It doesn’t matter if you are trying to lose weight, run for the first time, or win CrossFit Regionals. You must put in the time, at the gym, in the kitchen, and of course, in bed sleeping.

There are many different things that need to be addressed for everyone, so listen up. Here are some items related to the five ways people can get tripped up or distracted in their fitness journey. Have you fallen into any of these?

  1. Supplements – They are supplements not magic, nor food. They are extras only.
  2. Gear – It is designed to let you work hard, not do the work for you.
  3. Food – If you can grow it or kill it, then eat it. If it’s made in a factory, then don’t.
  4. Rest – Good sleep means getting to bed before midnight and does not include the phone or computer.
  5. Water – Drink it. You don’t need so many “sports” drinks.

People always look for the easy way out. If you are this person don’t even bother showing up to ask me or any other trainer the question, “How do I get results?” Stay home until you are ready to make a sacrifice and make some changes. If you think fitness or any significant change is going to happen in a few days or weeks think again. Becoming athletic, healthy, and able to move well takes time.

For the rest of the article and a great video on mental toughness training click here: Breaking Muscle

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  1. Finally, someone – you – has the courage to speak the truth!