Most people stress about finding what the optimal weight training schedule is or the ideal routine to keep them consistent and let them achieve they’re goals. For most, it might actually be the last thing they think of – inconsistency! Sounds counterintuitive right? But inconsistency and variety might just be the thing you’re missing, and Dukes is here to show you why.
First, we should outline what WILL actually get you results and what needs to be in place in ANY training schedule. It’s progress. You should always be striving for progress inside and outside the gym. That means weights used in the gym should be increasing and your scale weight should be progressing in the direction you want it to – whether that’s weight gain or weight loss.
Now that we’ve cleared up what’s needed to achieve your goals, we should go through how to best make consistent progress and not fall off. You might’ve guessed it, it’s inconsistency and variety! You cannot go into the gym doing the exact same things, exact same exercises, exact same weights day in day out. You need to add a variety of exercises into your training regime.
If you constantly try to progress at the exact same exercises, you’ll quickly stall, become demotivated and fall off. You shouldn’t expect to progress an exercise or body part, when you’re constantly hacking away at the exact same movement pattern, tendons, ligaments and muscle fibres. Throughout the week or even fortnight, you should have a variety of main exercises you’re looking to progress at and rotate through. By having this rotation, you’ll ensure that you’re always getting better, progressing, achieving your goals and staying motivated. Keeping track of numbers and logbooking is the key here. If you can physically see the numbers increase, it’s sure to motivate you like nothing else will.
The same concept can be applied in the kitchen of course, have a variety of meals that you enjoy and can rotate through to keep cravings and temptations at bay.
So, to sum it all up, if you’re looking to not fall off your training schedule and keep at it, you might just need to add some inconsistency to your training and diet. If you’re struggling to progress, give this a shot and see how you go!