Building A Consistent Gym Routine
Finding consistency at the gym can be a challenge. We lead busy lives and between work, school, family, social engagements there’s not much left over. That’s why creating a routine is so pivotal for finding success in our training, there will always be distractions, but creating a habit will allow you to remain firm and consistent no matter what life throws at you. Let's look at the 3 Ps.
This process will not be easy or comfortable and if you are truly committed you need to know how and why you are motivated to make the change. It should be a combination of extrinsic and intrinsic goals.
Extrinsic Goals – Relating to your surrounding environment and how your accomplishment will be received.
Intrinsic Goals– The focus shifts to personal satisfaction or accomplishment.
Neither style of goal setting is more valuable, just different so take time to reflect on your new routine and determine your deep WHY, the one that will drive your change when you’re tired, sore and unmotivated.
‘By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail’ – B. Franklin
Old Ben seemed like a pretty intelligent fellow and this quote is one of our favourites. Building a habit requires that you do exactly that, build it. Pack your bag the night before, put it beside the door, schedule the work out time, remove barriers for entry that you know will interfere with tomorrow’s success. Be honest with yourself about your strengths and weaknesses and prepare around your deficiencies.
Is before work best for you? Perhaps lunch time? Everyone functions optimally at a different time and with different circumstances. Try your best to build you training around your resilient areas.
Bring a Plan –
Showing up to the gym without any plan for what to do is a lot like the person that brings a pot of air to the potluck bbq, if you’re a wonderful cook you might be able to whip up a tasty meal on the spot but more likely you’ll walk around awkwardly unsure how to help. The plan doesn’t have to be perfect, start with what you know, use your body weight and progress. Read a few articles, ask some friends, hire a coach or utilize one of many TYP fitness programs. Something is 200 x better than nothing.
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