If you've been here a while, you know what the key drivers of fitness success are. These are the ones we most often talk about:
- a quality strength training plan, built around a few key principles.
- a good nutrition plan that accounts for both food quality and food quantity.
- things like sleep, stress management, and basic recovery between training sessions.
But the three things we're talking about today fly under most people's radar. But despite that, they can be the difference between OK results, and great ones.
So, with that, let's dive in.
Do a Training Plan That You Actually Enjoy
One of my favorute quotes about training programs comes from a man named Christian Thibadeau.
He says, "A mediocre program done with the pedal to the floor will get better results than the best program in the world done half-assed."
We perform better at things we like. Plain and simple.
If your workouts get you fired up and make you feel like a badass, then you'll get better results than you would if you had to drag your ass through your workout every single time.
(Of course, some days are just ass-dragging days, but this shouldn't be a regular occurrence)
This isn't to say you should throw caution to the wind and just do whatever you feel like. Your plan should always be built around the key principles that drive progress. But outside of that, do what you like. Pour your heart and soul into it, and feel like a beast.
You'll have more fun, and get better results.
Audit Your Circle
The people in your life play a massive role in your fitness success.
Everyone from your family, friends, gym buddies, and coaches. The people you surround yourself with matters. A lot.
Now, when it comes to building community, women, you're a bit better at this than we are.
Men, generally speaking, we flat out suck at this.
But we can all be better.
Audit your circle. Cut the people who drag you down or influence you in a negative way.
Strengthen your relationships with those who are supportive, focused, and like-minded.
Hire a quality coach who cares.
Start saying 'Hey...' to the people you see at the gym.
Overall, keep your circle high quality. Because the people you surround yourself with influence you more than you may think.
Weigh and Measure
There's a reason that guy who brings his notepad to the gym gets better results than most. He tracks his workouts, and knows exactly what he needs to do each day to get better.
If you don't know what you need to do to improve each day, you more than likely won't.
Each workout, you should aim to increase your lifts by 5 more lbs, or 1 more rep. But how can you do that if you aren't sure what you did last week? Or the week before that?
This is why tracking your progress is crucial. It gives you an idea what you need to do to get better. And it's also hard data showing that you ARE getting better.
And this isn't limited to your workouts. Track your body weight, measurements, and take progress photos.
This keeps you accountable and focused. Plus, nothing is more motivational than your own success.
That's it my friend. 3 of the most underrated drivers of fitness success.
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