Since we are closing in on the end of ’09 and prepping for ’10 I thought I’d get a discussion going about New Years Resolutions. Specifically I’m referring to all those people who’s resolution is to lose weight or put on some muscle.
Here are the top 5 things I feel are an absolute MUST if you are even remotely serious about actually achieving your training goals.
1. You have to have a PLAN. Without this your finished before you even get started. No matter what your goals are, make a plan. Whether it’s hiring a trainer/nutritionist or doing your own research, make a plan and stick to it.
2. Set GOALS. You need long term goals (6 months/1 year/2 year/etc) as well as short term goals (1 month/2 month/etc). #1 and #2 on my list are the where most people drop the ball. To “lose weight” is not a goal. It’s the idea of what you want to do. Set specific goals for what you want to do and make them attainable. If you reach that goal sooner then the time line you chose for that goal, pick a new one and keep going.
3. Keep It Simple Stupid. 99% of the time the simplest plans are going to be the best. For example, this fall I began working with a guy on my diet. I expected some sort of complicated diet with fancy protocols. What I got was your basic high protein, med-high fat, low carb diet that I had been using, just with different quantities for the different nutrients. What I lacked was consistency, not some diet/supplement fancy protocol. Stick to the basics and stay consistent!
4. Any type of training regimen you pick should be PROGRESSIVE. Whether it be greater endurance or becoming stronger you should be working to move forward.
5. You have to have FUN doing it. Pick something that you enjoy and consistently do week after week and month after month. If you don’t like lifting weights but really enjoy jogging and doing activities outdoors then it really wouldn’t make sense to pick a program that is predominantly lifting with very little room for what you enjoy. You may stick with it for awhile but eventually you will stop doing it. If your diet is ridiculously restrictive and you feel hungry all the time, more then likely you’re going to quit doing it and move back into what got you fat in the first place.