Twice a day.
Eight days a week.
That’s how most people start when beginning a new fitness program. And I get it.
Currently, you are contemplating, procrastinating, and researching for months but the time has finally come. At last, you are not only are you ready to start but you are taking action to ACTUALLY get going!
Now it’s time to change your life through fitness and no one can stop you.
Therein lies the problem with this all-out blitz on fitness. While your mind, attitude, and emotions are prepared to begin the process, your body isn’t.
Achieving fitness isn’t done well with this all-out blitz, a mile a minute approach.
To illustrate, it works much better like smoking meat for a barbecue – low and slow.
That’s just how our body adapts.
Our hearts will get stronger first. Meanwhile, you can see miraculous changes in things like your blood pressure, blood sugar, cholesterol, and VO2 max within just a month of exercising regularly.
It will blow your mind at how quickly your endurance can and will improve.
This is what spurns the all-out blitz approach. You feel the improvements so quickly that you think “more is better” and you push harder.
Around eight weeks later protein synthesis (the act of building muscle) can begin. Your body will already be looking better before then from the extra calories being burned and corresponding fat loss.
Add increased muscle mass and you can lift even heavier weights to help burn more calories and continue your transformation.
With the mile a minute approach, you are still most likely going to be okay here.
It can take six months or more to begin increasing bone density. Again, the mile a minute approach is going to work just fine here too.
But then, things get interesting.
It can take up to nine months or longer to begin strengthening tendons and ligaments.
If you have been pushing your body really hard up front, along with positive changes in your physique, cardiovascular system, and increased bone density you will most likely begin to develop common resistance-training associated injuries.
Your joints will be “talking to you”.
When you experience this pain, you will slow down. And, for most, taking a break is the beginning of a slippery slope that ends with giving up, losing all of those positive changes, and starting the cycle yet again next year.
Instead of repeating this cycle into perpetuity, I have all of my coaching clients begin with the end in mind.
We use techniques that emphasize the strengthening of their joints so that they can avoid the inevitable and stay consistent not only week after week and month after month, but also, year after year.
Which can lead to some truly impressive long term positive adaptions to fitness.
The only drawback to this approach is that it lacks some of the “razzle-dazzle” that most employ and, in turn, can require a strong belief in the process.
But, if you keep your eye on the long-term goal and have patience you can avoid the inevitable plateau and achieve things you never even dreamed of.
Begin with the end in mind.
You got this!
PS. However you are ready there are 3 ways to work with me:
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