When you start a new fitness program, you probably want to know the best way to get the result you want right?
It seems reasonable: You have a goal you want to reach, you’re not sure how to get it, so you ask if anyone can help you get there. Or maybe you do a google search.
The good news is that there’s a ton of options out there. The bad news is how do you know which one is right for you?
Which one is that perfect program?
Which one is going to get you the results you want the quickest?
Unfortunately, everything out there seems to claim it is the best: 6 minutes this, high intensity that, “The #1 secret you’ve been missing…”, “6 pack shortcuts” and “The ultimate fat burning program”.
If you follow their plan, you’ll look just like their models!
We’re taught to believe that the perfect program exists. And we’re taught to believe that the it’s the perfect program itself that will get us the results we want.
There is a little bit of truth in this. A good program that fits your needs is important, but that’s not usually the problem.
When I start coaching someone, the problem isn’t that they aren’t doing the RIGHT program, it’s that they aren’t doing ANY program. Or at least they can’t stick to any program for a reasonable amount of time.
Let’s say I create the perfect program for you. It targets everything you want to target and will get you all the results you want to get. Sounds pretty sweet right?
Now what if you don’t do that program?
If you’re not doing it it doesn’t matter how good the program is. It’s useless.
It doesn’t matter how perfect the program is, you’ll never get any results if it just sits there collecting dust.
For most people starting out, the perfect program is the one you’re actually doing. It’s the one that progresses you effectively, meets your needs, and helps you achieve success so you’re motivated to keep pushing yourself further.
That’s it. It’s that simple.
When you’re getting started in a workout routine, often it’s less about WHAT you’re doing and more about the fact that YOU’RE DOING IT.
Once you’ve built yourself to a point where you’re exercising consistently (3+ times per week for at least 6-12 months in a row) THEN you can become more concerned about the specifics of the program. At that point your body is adapting to the program you’re doing so you’ll need a smart, targeted plan to help you reach the next level.
When the level you’re trying to reach is Level 1, worry less about finding that perfect program and focus on just doing something.
Do you have experience with this? Share your story in the comments below.