Training Consistency and Intensity (Part 1)
Consistency and intensity are necessary for progress. This applies to every aspect of life, but is absolutely key in regard to training. The terms “consistency” and “intensity” mean different things to different people, so we’re only going to focus on consistency here in Part 1.
A slow and steady habit of building consistency can lead to long term success.
No matter what program you follow or class you take, you need a consistent effort in getting to the gym, recovering well, and eating healthy. Depending on where you are starting, consistent training can vary. If you’re a coach potato, once a week for a couple months is a great start. Once you progress a bit, once a week becomes twice a week, which then can become three times a week and so on. While the pattern may evolve, this slow and steady habit of building consistency can lead to long term success. We all know how it is this time of year. New year, new me! Yay! First week of the year, all gyms are over-packed. You made a resolution to go to the gym every day. And you do – for a week. Then you get tired and sore, work picks up, yada yada yada. Many gym-goers way overdo it right off the bat and then they drop like flies. Instead, being consistent and slowly building up your habit will lead to greater success and achieving goals.
Why consistency is important in recovery
So, now you’re consistently going to the gym and working hard. Awesome. But to really get the maximum benefit of consistent training, you need to recover as hard as you work. The easiest way to do that is to add it to your time at the gym. When you’re done working out, hang out for a few extra minutes and stretch or mobilize. It’s very simple, doesn’t take long, and can have huge effects on your training. Once again, start out with one or two stretches after a training session, five minutes max. We’ve all got an extra five minutes, right? Instead of sitting on your phone and chatting, stretch and chat (yay, efficiency!). If you are training harder than your average fitnesser, then you need to recover harder than your average fitnesser (duh). More time will be needed stretching, massaging, doing yoga, using recovery devices like Normatec boots or dry needling, SLEEPING, and on and on. World-class athletes spend their entire lives doing nothing but training to be as strong, fast, agile, and athletic as possible. Their whole day revolves around training. Do they make time to stretch and recover? You bet they do. If they’re not training, they’re recovering. We’re not all world-class athletes, of course, but the point is they consistently train hard and recover hard, which helps them become the best athlete they can be. So if you want to be the best you can be, start being consistent on your recovery.
And then there’s consistency in nutrition
For most of us working out is the easy part. It’s fun in a way and it’s a great way to relieve stress, feel good, and be part of a supportive community. The area that we all need to be more consistent in – and has a larger effect that most people realize – is nutrition. Ugh. Believe it or not, 90% of your results will come from the kitchen. Poor nutrition is the reason most people start training anyway. They think just adding in some gym time will be the magic fix. But how many of you work out to eat, rather than eat to work out? Yeah. Think that one over. Are you working out just because you had that ice cream and pizza yesterday? And the Chinese takeout before that? And the cookies before that? It is extremely hard to outwork poor nutrition. And don’t do any of those “fad diets”. I hate the word “diet.” The first three letters are D-I-E, which is exactly what I’m trying to not do! Instead, consult with a nutrition professional and find out what you should be eating and when. We’ll dive deeper into this another time, but consistent nutrition will impact your training in a tremendous way. So go be consistent! Consistently train hard, recover harder, and eat even better. If we’re trying to be race cars, we can’t just put anything into the tank. We’ve got to take care of and fuel ourselves so we can perform as best we can. Go be consistent and get the most out of your training! By: Adrian Jourdan Save Save Save Save Save Save