Because the problem with fitness training today, in a nutshell:
This is why one-size-fits-all training doesn’t work. It’s not addressing your specific issues. Everyone is different yet generic training programs are what’s available.
They won’t work. They don’t work. Plain and simple.
It’s why DIY training doesn’t work either. They’re just workouts. They’re just exercises re-packaged in another way and given a fancy new name:
No that's just pull ups, cable rows and deadlifts packaged into a circuit. It's not what you need.
If your current regimen isn’t working, a new workout won’t solve your problem.
Because it’s not the workout that really matters. You’re struggling with something else, something more fundamental.
Yet you continue looking for a new workout or new diet or a fancy new supplement. Something to snap you out of the doldrums.
You’re conditioned to believe a simple workout change will do it. Because that's what the fitness industry sells. Bullshit basically.
That’s why you miss workouts and eventually stop training altogether.
Here’s the key to success in life, business and certainly fitness:
You know where you want to go (the goal) but your analysis of where you are now is faulty so you can't possibly know what to do next to get maximum results.
You need an effective plan which focuses on doing the right things. First things first. You gotta do the right things.
I know this guy Tom who works out at my gym. And he goes pretty religiously. I see him there all the time. But he doesn’t seem to be making any progress.
He looks the same as he did last year. He was flabby then and still is. But at least he hits the gym pretty consistently, I'll give him that.
Now I can tell by watching him he doesn’t really have a workout plan. He’s pretty haphazard. A little treadmill, some machine lifting, some light dumbbells, a lot of sitting around resting on the machines.
You know this type of guy. Spends a lot of time in the gym but doesn’t know anything about effective workouts.
Anyway, I also see Tom occasionally at Starbucks in the morning. I’ve seen him at least a half dozen times at 7 am in the coffee line.
I don’t hit Starbucks all the time but every now and then I go and when I do I usually see Tom getting his morning fix. It’s the same thing every time.
So I can extrapolate and pretty accurately know that if Tom eats this crap first thing in the am then the rest of his day pretty much follows suite. He’s eating shit all day long. Right?
You won't be surprised to see him at Micky D's for lunch and having Mac N Cheese for dinner.
So I know his workout regimen and his nutritional plan (not really a plan, actually more like an anti-plan). He doesn't know I know, but I know.
So fast forward, I run into Tom at Starbucks again but this time on the weekend. I was sitting down in there with a coffee just doing some planning and reading emails and stuff.
He comes over and sits down at my table and launches into a series of questions about protein powder. I can tell he’s been researching protein powder.
He wants to know:
He’s on a mission to buy the best protein powder available.
So I’m listening to him and he finally says something like:
And he stops jabbering for a second, waiting for my answer.
I look him square in the eye and say “Tom, stop eating donuts for breakfast.”
Bam! He’s caught off guard for a second but then says:
Now I don’t know if I got the message across or not. He probably went out and bought some protein powder anyway.
But this is a classic example of what I call Big Rocks, Little Rocks.
You’re focusing on all the little stuff, the Little Rocks, but not getting the foundational stuff, the Big Rocks in place first.
Little rocks are tactical things. Some may work, some are pure bullshit, won’t do a damn thing but it doesn’t matter either way. Little rocks are no good without having the big rocks in place first.
Lay the foundation first. Know your #1 Thing.
At any point in time, there is only one "#1 Thing". And you should be working on it.
This is why the Spartan Method works.
You spend the time to understand: Where are you going?
You have a unique goal to yourself. This sets your direction. But ya have to understand your starting point.
That’s where you start. From there you define, what’s the next big thing you have to hammer down? And what metric will you use to measure it?
How will you know it’s getting better?
Here’s the key takeaway:
Doing the right things is far more important than doing things right.
The Spartan Method systematically moves you through nine distinct steps or phases, evaluating your readiness at each step and then giving you what you need to master that phase.
It’s a continuous loop of growth.
So there ya go. Spend some time really analyzing where you are right now. Your strengths, weaknesses, what’s bothering you, what’s unclear.
Charging blindly ahead only works for a short while. And you’ve been doing it for years.
Make the choice. Continue on your current path and hope for the best. You know in your heart that nothing will change. Or opt for a new path based on a systematic approach.
A proven, science based path.
There’s power in knowing what you’re doing makes sense. It’s invigorating. You feel energized and your confidence grows. You’re not wasting your precious time anymore but rather investing it wisely into your healthy future self. You'll learn to love working out.
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Mark aka The Old Spartan and Over-50 Fitness Savior is a 61 year old coffee guzzling father of five wandering the outdoors around Albuquerque, New Mexico. Mark helps Men Over 50 get lean, healthy and strong so they can be cool dads and grand dads using his signature Spartan Method system.