In part 1 of this article we discussed goal specific training. I explained what it was, and we went through the overwhelming lack of it within most people’s programs. (Read it here if you missed it)
Today though, we’re switching gears.
Instead of speaking about the “what”, we’re going to go over the “how”.
Which in this case is,
“How to train for the body you want”
This is not a step by step process on how to achieve individual goals.
But, rather a step by step process to achieving any goal.
Making any long lasting change starts with mindset, and that is what we are covering today.
Step 1) Have a Specific Goal
Choosing an absolutely specific goal is a bit harder than many people realize. When choosing your goal, it becomes overly easy to generalize things. Everyone claims to want the same few things.
Most of us crave 1 (or 2 or 3) of the these. That is normal and expected. But by leaving your goals broad and open to interpretation, you allow room for error.
“Gain Muscle” is a great goal. But, would a Man and a Woman want to gain muscle in a similar fashion or in similar places? No, probably not.
“Losing weight” is an extremely common goal as well. But, the weight-loss goals of your typical sorority girl and retired sumo wrestler tend to differ a bit.
Be more specific. Know where’d you want to go.
How much weight would you like to lose?
In what areas would you like to gain muscle?
Strong for what? Sports? Lifting? Playing with your grand-kids?
These 3 simple questions yield 100’s of different answers. And with each new answer, you inch yourself closer and closer to realizing exactly what your goals really are.
Take the time and discover exactly what it is you would like to do with your body.
Changing your body takes time.
Tons and tons of time.
So why waste any of it, or set yourself back, by not really knowing where you want to go?
By setting uniquely specific and realistic goals, you can now take the next step towards developing the body or life you really want.
Step 2) Choose a Program suited for your Goals
“Everything works for someone, but nothing works for everyone.”
One of the most uniquely beautiful things about fitness and exercise is that literally (almost) everything works.
There are no “wrong” programs, and as such, there are no “perfect” programs either. The trick is finding a program that not only you believe in, but that will allow you to start making progress toward your goals.
And this is exactly where keeping it simple and specific really comes into play.
If you’re wanting to run faster, will squats help?
But do you know what would help most?
If you’re wanting to lose weight, will running help?
But do you know what will help most?
Not eating so much crap.
Pick out a few things that will illicit the results you desire, and get really fucking good at them.
For most of us that means:
Picking up heavy(er) stuff
Eating in moderation.
Keep it simple.
Attack the big picture.
Ignore the fancy flashy crap.
More isn’t better, better is better.
Step 3) Be Consistent
In my first few drafts I repeatedly tried to be witty and funny (keyword: tried) during this step. But upon thinking about it more, I decided to keep it as simple as possible.
If you are not consistent in your efforts, you will never see results.
You can have the best possible program, diet, schedule, whatever.
But, without consistency, it doesn’t mean shit.
The neat thing about consistency is that it is somehow the hardest and yet the easiest thing in the world.
There is no middle ground.
You either do, or you do not.
Amazingly enough, this is what makes the whole process so entirely rewarding.
Because it is all on you.
If you fail, it is entirely your fault.
If you succeed, that is on you as well.
And that small fact is what makes transforming yourself so incredibly invaluable.
So don’t settle for average.
Pick yourself up and go chase something great.
You won’t regret it.
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