I read a lot of fitness related articles online. There is so much information out there it’s unbelievable. Free programmes, opinions, studies you name it, it’s there. For anyone just starting out it must be a complete minefield. Even for those who have been training for years may feel they know what they are doing but aren’t using optimal approaches for them towards their training and diet.
For this reason I like to try and keep things simple for anyone who follows me. Forget all the fancy training strategies. Forget the carb back loading and any other new diet that claims a guaranteed result fast. In my opinion it doesn’t matter what your goal is or what approach you are taking, these are the 3 things you MUST have in place if you want to reach your goal.
Make progress in the gym.
I speak about this all the time. You are probably tired of hearing me say it. Just shows how important it is. Progress can be monitored in so many ways. Are your reps improving over time with a given weight? Are you able to complete more reps in less time? Are you adding weight to the bar? These are easy ways to monitor progress. Basically make progress in the gym.
Eat to supplement your goals
If your goal is to add muscle mass then eat like you want to add some muscle mass. Don’t eat like a pussy and then complain that you aren’t growing. At the same time don’t eat a whole bunch of crap food and complain you are getting fat. Eat good quality protein, get lots of good fibrous carbs and vegetables, good healthy fats and add in treats when you fancy it. And of course make progress in the gym. If your goal is fat loss then eat exactly the same as above with reduced calories to suit you and your needs. Don’t be the person saying they can’t drop body fat but also has a meal deal every lunch time. That isn’t someone eating to supplement their goals.
Another thing I always talk about, being consistent. Consistently eating to supplement your goals. Consistently turning up and training. To me consistency doesn’t mean you never miss a workout or you never have a bad day of eating. It means for the most part these things are in check. Be consistent. Consistency rules. End of.
If you have these things in place there should be no reason why most people can’t make good steady progress year on year. How you get these things in place and stay on track will be down to you and how you want to structure it. There’s no one size fits all but these 3 things fit everyone.