People often ask me, “What’s the secret to making progress in strength training?” In a word: consistency.
Working out once a week, or once every two or three weeks, just doesn’t cut it. Your body needs time and repetition to adapt to the physiological stress caused by exercise.
A successful fitness program is progressive, meaning it builds, systematically, on previous sessions.
You need to do strength training 2-3 times a week, week after week, month after month, with just an occasional week off to rest your body. Those who make progress make time to work out.
Notice I did not say, “find time” to work out, because if you’re passively looking for the time, you won’t find it. You have to make the time, by scheduling it, on a regular basis, in your calendar.
My clients know that I’ve blocked off times in my week for my own workouts, and that I treat them with the sanctity of a doctor’s appointment. In fact, the only appointment I will schedule in those time slots are for medical appointments that I can’t schedule any other time. I’ve followed this practice for 20 years. Trust me, it works.
Personal Trainer, Fitness Instructor since 1998.