Consistency is important. And no I’m not talking about how thick you like your protein shake. No matter what your goals are it is vital to remain consistent in order to achieve them.
Note – this does not mean doing the same thing over and over again with no variety! Variety can be extremely beneficial, as long as it is of the right kind…
If one of your goals is to better develop your chest, then you have to consistently train it. Variety however, would be how you train it. Bench Press, Flyes, cable machine, etc. all are viable options but all have the same goal in mind, and none of them will work unless you consistently hit those muscles, one way or another. Variety does not mean, however, that you can do non-chest exercises instead. Well you can of course, but that won’t get you to your goals!
Consistency is one of the most overlooked factors when it comes to attaining your goals.
In our fast-living society today where more and more people want things faster and easier, the hard work is sometimes overlooked. People see the kind of physique they want, for example, but they don’t see the long hours spent in the gym, or the adherence to a nutritional plan, or any of the other sacrifices that have happened along the way. They see the end result and they want it, which is understandable.
Well, that’s a debate for another day, but one thing that isn’t debatable is being consistent. Whether you’re lifting weights, throwing kettlebells around or watching what you eat; if you’re not doing it consistently then you’re not going to succeed. This is not to say that consistency is the single most important factor – having the correct training, nutrition and supplements in place is incredibly important, no matter what you are aiming to do. But if you are not sticking to these…
I know of people who have the best intentions in the world with what they eat in the week, but then when it comes to the weekend they go crazy and binge. Unfortunately for them their progress towards their fat loss goals is stunted at best.
I know of people who train hard, multiple times a week for a couple of weeks and then have breaks of weeks of doing nothing. Any exercise is beneficial of course but is this cycle going to help you reach your goals? The harsh truth is no, not really. And this is the crux of the matter – it is a hard truth. People sometimes start training programmes/nutritional plans/supplementation/etc. with the best will in the world but then taper off as results aren’t as quick as expected, or it becomes too hard, or something else happens to dampen their motivation.
This is where consistency comes in. As long as you are training and eating correctly then you will achieve your goals as long as you consistently stick with it and keep it up
. For some people they are their own worst enemy. Want to gain muscle? Want to lose weight? Want to look better? Want to be healthier? No one can stop you from achieving these things but you. If you’re being consistent then you will be well on your way.
Remain consistent and you will see results, doing things by halves will get you nowhere.