It Depends – The Answer you Should be Looking for

As a coach I get questions on a daily basis. The fun part is my answer is almost always the same.

My answer is: It depends.

Here are some of the most common questions:

Should I have protein after my workout?
Whats better, morning or afternoon workouts
How many calories should I be eating each day
How much weight should I use in _____ exercise
Is it better to go heavier and do less reps or go lighter and do more
Should I be taking a pre-workout supplement
Should I be taking a post-workout supplement
My friend told me HIIT is the only way to see results, should I be doing more of that
My friend got great results doing X, should I be doing that too
I need to do more cardio if I want to lose weight right?

Well, that last one often gets a “no”, but otherwise the answer is still always the same.

It depends.

For me there is no one size fits all approach to anything. Consider your own area of expertise for example. When it comes to getting specific about something I’m sure your answer will always be dependent on other variables.

In fitness and health it’s the same. It always depends on at least 2 things:

1. Your starting point and/or current fitness level

2. Your goal or what you’re trying to achieve

In simple terms, origin and destination. Like navigation directions in your car, there are often many paths to get you somewhere, but at minimum those paths will depend on where you’re starting from and where that somewhere is. They will also depend on any obstructions that come up in between.

In fitness and health it’s the same process. A good coach is going to take into account your current fitness level, your goal, and consider the path you’ll take and any obstacles along the way. Otherwise, you’ll just be getting a very general and broad approach usually based solely on your goal.

In fact, this is what you typically get when you’re clicking on or buying those “Shred fat now” “6 weeks to 6-pack abs” “Instant fat loss” programs. They create a plan focused solely on a goal. But there’s no consideration of your starting point, your fitness level, your motivation, your accountability, your knowledge or experience. There’s no consideration to anything else your success will depend on.

So next time you’re clicking that ad, reading that article or asking your coach for a specific recommendation, understand that to truly get an accurate answer it is going to depend on a few factors. If you don’t get “It depends” as your first response, I suggest you keep looking.

What’s something you want to know? Put it in the comments below and I’ll help you figure it out!

~Chad

The real reason your program isn’t working

  • Not seeing results quick enough?
  • Hit a plateau?
  • Feel you need to try something else?
  • Feel like what you’re doing just isn’t working?

I get a lot of reasons for people wanting quit because “this isn’t working”.

They’ve hit some sort of plateau, aren’t seeing results quick enough or have just had a week or two “off the wagon” and have struggled a little bit.

They feel they won’t be successful with their current plan and that it’s just not working.

However, from my perspective, slow progress, plateau’s and struggle is totally normal and common.

In fact, I’ve never seen anyone NOT struggle with their goal.

To think you can start off on something new, never struggle and be able to reach your target perfectly the first time is a little crazy if you think about it.

What I usually see is that it’s not the program that’s not working.

The issue I see most commonly is time.

People haven’t put in the time needed to truly see results.

 

We wall want the results NOW!

And why not? We see endless amounts of ripped bodies and ads on Instagram and other social media telling us it can be done quickly and easily.

Really that should be your first warning sign! It’s all total bullshit!

However, you believe it because they have proof! There are clear photos of the success people have had. There are testimonials of how great it has been, how easy it was and how good they feel.

Now I’m not trying to discredit any of these programs because many are probably pretty good. I’m talking more specifically about the time or speed of these results that the plans and programs are suggesting.

In my experience the promotional testimonials you are seeing fall into the “results not typical” category. At best I would guess 1% of people see results that quickly. Especially the type of results that are going to last.

My challenge to you is to actually do some research. Put in some time, put in some work and maybe even reach out to others.

How many people have actually done that “90 day Shred” program? Of those, how many experienced the stated results? Of those, how many kept those results long term after the 90 days?

Of the truly successful ones, ask “How long did it take you to get these results”

I guarantee it won’t be an overnight success story. I guarantee they didn’t nail it on their first try with no struggle.

In the end, my guess is that you’re probably just going to finish this article and say “I know Chad” and go on with your day.

We all REALLY know right?!

However, if your fitness goals are set 3 months at a time I’d argue that you don’t know. If you’ve tried more than 2, 3 or 4 different programs with little success or success that didn’t last, then you don’t really know.

It makes sense in your head, but when you’re motivated to try something new you forget it and think you’ll be different. You think you’ll be part of the 1%.

You think THIS will be the program that finally works!

But please, please, please do the research! Don’t just take my word for it.

This article is just words and theory on a website. Get some proof! At minimum just ask some friends and/or truly look at your own track record.

It’ll be incredibly valuable the next time you hit a plateau or rut on your journey.

When you struggle, it’s not always just the plan or program that’s not working.

More often than not, it’s probably not working because you haven’t put in enough time to get past the struggle.

~ Chad