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4 Reasons Why Your Training Program May Be Failing You

There is no shortage of fitness training and methodology floating around in world. People’s idea of what it means to be fit has been predominantly dispersed from unreliable sources, like “social influencers”, or the first article that pops up on a google search, or some shaky piece of information that was passed along from a friend.

With unchecked information coming in from every direction, it is understandable how some people’s views of fitness are shaped.

The quagmire of unreliable sources and information serve as a backdrop of the following 4 reasons why your training program might be failing you.

1.) Unrealistic Expectations

You may have become a victim of thumb-scrolling on Social Media. A constant river of images showing people with edited photos and the appearance of being happy and owning everything they could ever want in life.

You see this, and whether you acknowledge it or not, on a subconscious level you begin to compare yourself to this false image. Whether that is a specific body type, or being sucked into the message that “YOU CAN LOOK LIKE ME TOO, JUST FOLLOW MY ONLINE COACHING PROGRAM”, you’ve decided you want a body like that and you want it fast.

This is not realistic.

Real results take time, but they also require that you evaluate your motivations for starting in the first place.

When your expectations are not in sync with reality, you tend to look for short cuts, jump from fad to fad, or give up more quickly.

It is a vicious cycle.

Keep it real with yourself. Do not get caught in the hype.

2.) Going through The Motions

Let me start off by saying that any exercise is better than doing nothing in the first place. So if you are doing a routine, awesome.

However, I will also say this: There is a difference between going through the motions of exercises, verses being intentional and focused while doing them.

Let me give you an example:

Let’s say you start off your workout by riding 5 minutes on a stationary bike. You are ON the bike yes, but you have your phone out and are looking through tik tok rather than in tune with your body and concentrating on how your body feels.

You can’t possibly be giving your best effort if you are scrolling aimlessly through your phone.

This happens often.

If you are going to exercise, then exercise. For the little time that you are in the gym, focus on what you are doing. Don’t go through the motions.

3.) Too Many “Cheat” Meals

You are on a hamster wheel.

You work extremely hard in the gym, but the only reason why you went hard in the gym is because you go on daily dieting tangents.

You carry a guilt with you and find yourself thinking “I have to work out extra hard today because I had 3 apple pies!”

Exercise should not be a punish-reward experience.

It is a habit you are trying to create for an overall better lifestyle.

Punishing yourself for eating is in fact, not healthy.

If you think it is ok to eat poorly because you workout hard, then you negate the work you are putting in.

4.) You Don’t Have a True Program

Being knowledgeable about how the body responds to specific training will give you a huge advantage in the gym.

Doing 3 sets of 10 for every exercise every week will only get you so many results.

When you google a program real quick or do the same cookie cutter program that your friend handed to you, there is a good chance that it will not work the same way for you as it did for him.

First and foremost, you have to be clear on what it is that you are training for. Weight loss? Strength? Power? Less joint pain? Physique?

Each one of these goals have specific ways to accomplish them.

Training back and biceps one day for that 3 sets of 10, and then calves and shoulders the next is not going to be good for increasing power. It is more conducive for hypertrophy.

You must be sure that the program that you are doing is moving you closer to your goals and can be measured (not just on the scale).

While I could easily make a list of at least 10 more things that could be detracting from the effectiveness, these 4 components are pretty heavy.

Before you decide to take ownership of your body, performance, or health, these are great places to start.

And if you need a little more guidance on exactly where to start and need more accountability, we would love to connect with you to see if our coaching program could be a good fit for you. We can schedule a discovery call here and point you in the right direction.

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