This article was written by Jonathan Byrd, author of the eBook BIG: “Rapidly increase your strength using the BIG strength training system created by top ranked powerlifter Jonathan Byrd.”
Look around you, we live in an instant gratification society. People look for success immediately, rather than dedicating the time needed to be successful.
Think about your life, have you got to the point you are by doing nothing? Unless you won the lotto, I am betting you had to work for the things you have. The strength and fitness field is no different! It does not matter what your goals are, if they are fitness or strength related, be prepared for a long journey!
It is no secret that gym memberships sky-rocket during the New Year and summer, but die off very quickly. These are the people who think their whole body and life will change in a few workouts.
It doesn’t matter who your trainer is, or what supplements you use, it takes time to be successful. It is easy to make excuses, but the results will not be.
Tip #1 – Be Patient, Gains Take Time
The first thing that you need to realize is that this will not be an overnight success. It can and will take months to see results. It may not initially show up on the scale or in the weights you’re moving, but you will be making progress.
This is often when most people give up. They will start to doubt the process, but you have to stick it out. If it was easy, wouldn’t everyone do it? People all over the world want to look leaner, be healthier, be stronger, look better, but it takes time and hard work!
Tip #2 – Make a Lifestyle Change
The second thing you will need to understand is that to reach your goals, in most cases it will take a lifestyle change. You may have to cut things out of your life that are convenient, but are holding you back. Those fast foods for lunch, a few soft drinks during the day, a candy bar snack, are just a few examples of what I am referring to.
I am not saying at some point you can’t reward yourself with one of those things occasionally, but it sure shouldn’t be during week one. You’re also going to have to understand that making time to workout will not be easy. Most of us live a full life, and you will have to learn to prioritize and schedule.
I am not telling you that you don’t go see your kid’s baseball game, but you will need to know when that is and work around it. Like I said a lifestyle change.
Tip #3 – Make a Plan
The third thing you must know and have is a plan. You cannot go into the gym without a plan. It is like a mission statement.
Find a solid program that is designed to meet your goals and run with it. Ask limited questions, make limited adjustments, just go in there and get it done. If you trusted the person enough to write out a program, or follow their guidance, then do it.
Do not second guess everything, take in the information and learn. Same thing goes with your diet. I hate to hear the phrase “I’m going on a diet.” This would be indicating that you’re only going to be eating like this for a short while. Again it’s a lifestyle change; you will have to change your eating habits to match you plans.
I am sharing these things with you to not scare you away from your goal, but to show you the ground work that has to be laid. You can achieve your goals, but make them realistic. Achieve them in small steps along the way to a bigger goal. Understand that there will be ups and downs, and that it will not come over night. Don’t be one of people that come around looking for immediate results. The fitness industry will prey on you, and suck your wallet dry! Understand it will not happen overnight, that you will have to make a lifestyle change, and have a good plan, and then eventually you will reach your goals. The will to carry on is what will get you there, not some quick fix.