Two Reasons January Ends in Failure for Most People

It’s New Years! A new start, a new you! This year you can lose those 5kg, drop the belly fat, and tighten up that body. This year isn’t like last year, last year so much stuff happened, life got crazy, you couldn’t train, of course you couldn’t. OOOOH but this year you can, this year you have time…well except for that big work project, and that trip that you have planned, and the kids need help with that 3-d diorama of a tyrannosaurus rex’s digestive system.  Come to think of it this year looks pretty busy, next year you can get rid of those 15 extra kilos.

Does this seem familiar?

Gerbils on a wheel, a wheel of lies.

Gerbils on a wheel, a wheel of lies.

In January gym membership’s double and the number of people in the gym does the same. By February they are back to normal.  People start the year with noble intentions to become healthy and fit, but intentions are meaningless without commitment.

Why January ends in failure for most people:

1) High expectations and no plan:

Most people walk into the gym with nothing but a desire to get healthier, they have no plan for getting stronger and leaner. It’s the same thought process that makes circuit training on machines (things I hate) possible. Common perception says that “if I bang away on the machines 3-4 times a week for 30 minutes I will get stronger and leaner”. You won’t, not in any way that will stick.

Solution:

Get a training plan, a real honest to god training plan. Not some machine circuit training, lazy corporate gym trainer, excuse for a training plan. It might look cool, it might seem like you work hard, and your numbers on those silly little plates go up every couple of weeks (it must work…right?).  That sort of training always leads to minimal gains that leave as soon as you are away from the gym for a couple of weeks.

Get a plan that has a real dynamic warmup, gets you lifting real weight several times a week, and is designed to make you stronger and leaner. This plan should incorporate: Barbells, Bodyweight, Dumbbells, and Pullup Variations. This is the sort of plan you want, this will get you were you want to be. If you work at it ( that commitment thing)!

Getting the Job Done.

Getting the Job Done.

2) Failure to work hard:

It is easy to get fat, you stop moving, and start eating, it takes no effort at all, and it usually creeps up on you. You know what is not easy? Getting lean and strong, that takes hard work and dedication. Don’t let trainers lie to you, losing 20kg, putting on lean muscle (ladies lean muscle makes you look super-hot, you will not bulk up), and eating a healthy diet is hard work. The results, the energy, and the confidence are worth it, but it requires effort on your part.

Commitment!

Commitment!

Solution:

Figure out WHY being lean, strong, and healthy is important to you. Really dig deep, if you have an answer that really gets you going you will succeed. Write that answer down, put it somewhere you will see it several times a day. If you don’t dig deep enough, or half ass this part of the process you will never get where you want, in life, or in training. Commit to your goal and see it through.

There you go, the two biggest reasons that people fail in their new year’s resolutions. What do you want out of this year? Do you want to be the same old soft and weak person you were last year, or do you want to become the strongest healthiest version of yourself?

To me the answer is easy; there are too many soft weak people out there, people with no fire in their heart. Decide on what’s important to you, what example you will set for those around you.

Take action and commit to that action.