The Most Important Training Factor

We all have that one friend that wants to get in shape, but never seems to get himself to do it.  You take him on as your training partner and for a few weeks he shows up and seems to be turning a corner.  He starts seeing results and you start noticing that now he is missing sessions more and more.  Eventually he is back where he started and everything he worked for is too.

Or maybe you have that one friend who decides to get in shape.  He was never an athlete in school, big guy, and his gym knowledge is pretty basic at best.  After a few weeks you see him for the first time and can’t believe the difference.

So we have two guys, we’ll call the first example Friend A and the second Friend B.  Let’s say it is safe to assume that Friend A is following a well thought out training program (he is working out with you, right?) and Friend B, like I stated is following some basic program of him just doing what little he knows and making things up on the fly.  Nutrition wise, Friend A puts in a good effort during the short time he works out and then falls back into his former eating happens of pizza, wings, and beer.  Friend B, again not knowing a lot about nutrition, is religious about his protein shakes and eating chicken and vegetables for dinner.  Why? He saw a picture of a bodybuilder eating it in Muscle and Fitness magazine.

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When it comes to training there are a lot of measurable factors that you can use in your program to get you to your goal or measure your progress.  These factors can be reps, sets, weights, and time, to name a few.  You can see these factors debated, manipulated, and changed through a typical program.  However, all of this means nothing if you lack the most important factor.

The most important factor is consistency.  Showing up over and over again.  Showing up when you feel like it and more importantly when you don’t.

If you show up and put the work in results will come.

If you consistently do your bench press and boost weight up just a little as needed. You will get stronger.  By the end of the year, all of those times will add up to a lot of strength and muscle.  Do it for 3 months and then a 3 month break, then back at it for 3 months, don’t expect to ever make progress.  Your more like a hamster stuck on a wheel.

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Kevin Fulton

Kevin Fulton is personal trainer in Pittsburgh, PA. His goal is to help his clients look, feel, and move better. In his spare time you can find him under a barbell or practicing jiu jitsu.

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