Why Consistency Is So Important

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Consistency – steadfast adherence to the same principles, course, form, etc.:

There is consistency in his pattern of behavior.
That is the definition of consistency by dictionary.reference.com
Consistency is important for several reasons when it comes to exercise and weight lifting.  For one, you need to be consistent.  Otherwise, what are you?  If you aren’t consistent, I’m assuming you’re following fad diets and dropping them about as quick as you start. I’m also assuming an exercise plan doesn’t last long with you.  Not saying this to be rude, but isn’t that the only case possible?  I believe that this is so.  We all need to work on being consistent with our gym, diet, and exercise habits.  Let’s highlight why consistency is so important:
  1. Being consistent can at least guarantee some results.  You may hit some plateaus, but I promise you that over time you will see results.  Whether you’ve been working out for a month or a year, going to the gym will still help you so don’t give up.
  2. Your views on weightlifting and exercise will change.  According to a huffingtonpost article I will link at the bottom of this post, it takes roughly 66 days to make something a habit.  More or less, if you stick to going to the gym and eating right, you should be able to build a habit of going to the gym and eating right.
  3. With all the dedication to exercising and weightlifting, you may learn new things.  If you get focused a certain task or aspect of fitness because you’ve been consistent and want to learn more, then you may be more apt to ask questions and research articles on diet and exercise.
  4. You will probably meet people with similar interests and make friends.  Why did you decide to consistently go to the gym?  Because you have some sort of fitness goal, right?  Everyone else there does too.  That means you already have at least one thing in common with someone in the gym.  You can get to know them better and help each other become more fit through advice and motivation.

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Links to the sources I used above:

Definition of consistency as provided by dictionary.com

Article on forming habits from Huffington Post

Gym Buddy/Relationship Goals

It really helps a lot in the gym to have a good gym buddy to work out with. If you can find someone who shares the same interest in whatever type of program you are doing (ex. Weight lifting, conditioning, bodybuilding, strongman, running..) then you can probably get better results. It will help you if you have someone pushing you harder the whole time.

I remember back in high school I didn’t think I would ever get in shape and I felt miserable because I hadn’t competed in any athletics so my junior year I ran cross country. I went from not being able to run a mile to running 3 miles in under 20 minutes. I had also gotten in great shape, cutting down from 200 lbs to 180 lbs.

I found that being on that cross country team with runners who were better than me and were my friends motivated me. I use that same tactic today just with a different goal, gaining lean muscle. I am currently bulking and went from 220 to 230 lbs these past few months, thanks in part to having a good gym partner to keep me on track.

So if you want the extra push or motivation you can have, find a gym buddy or boyfriend/girlfriend who has the same fitness goals as you and workout together.

I can’t remember where I heard this but just remember that “those who train together, gain together.”

Every Day Doesn’t Have To Be Amazing

I worked out today and actually didn’t go very heavy on weight. I could feel drained and could tell that I’ve been working hard for a while and I decided to go light.

That’s what I’d recommend you do too, every once in a while, if you want to avoid injury and still have the privilege to say that you were dedicated to go to the gym and lift; because you’re still lifting, just not as intensely.

It was tempting to go all out and aim to beat my previous record on bench press today but I held off and I feel that it was the best decision. After all, I will see gains over time if I just stay consistent, listen to my body’s signals, and make sure my body is receiving the right amount of macronutrients.

It’s those three things that will help you get the most out of your time in the gym:

1) consistency

2) paying attention to your body

3) eating the right amount of macronutrients.

just keep in touch with those three things to make the most gains per your lifts.

Do those things and remember that not every day has to be a tremendous occasion where you break another plateau and lift more weight. Remember that if you stay dedicated to your time in the gym and focus on those three basic things those gains will happen over time. Done.

Stick It Out No Matter What

If you’re new to bodybuilding and you’re over 10% body fat as a male or 12% as a female, you probably want to cut down your body fat before maxing out those muscles and getting serious gains.

To do that, you’re going to need to make some lifestyle changes. I don’t know what changes to recommend since everyone is different but experiment a little bit and do some research, and just get it done. You will see results.

This post is a golden nugget of wisdom. Use it wisely:  if you fail and fall off of the wagon at any point during your diet or exercise program, just get yourself re-focused and dedicated, and get back in there. You’re going to have good days and bad days, but as long as you stick it out you can rest assured that you will see results. Done.

Building Muscle Is Mostly A Matter of Consistency

First post on “MAXED OUT MUSCLES”, or MOM for short, and I just want to keep it simple and say that building up muscle is mostly just a matter of consistency.  Don’t worry about your gains too much or read a million articles.  Just go to the gym and get shit done.  As long as you are consistently working out, you will get amazing results in a year.  Done.