to create another post for you guys. If an apology is needed for my infrequent
contributions as of late, I apologize :(
What I want to present to you today is the concept of progression. Of the
countless clients and athletes I have trained in the past there is a vital piece
of information that is poorly understood, or it is understood but poorly
practiced. When most people start a workout plan, let's face it, if you were a
chain, there would be a lot of weak links in that chain. The weak links could be
poor diet, old injuries, lack of motivation, lack of effort, psychological
reasons, time, etc.... So what happens is that we attack these weaknesses with
an initial plan, and wouldn't ya know it, you usually succeed....for awhile
anyway.....then you hit your first plateau and get discouraged. Perhaps at this
point you faced your adversity and kept forging ahead with your initial plan, or
perhaps you threw in the towel already. The problem with the "adversity-facer"
and the "quitter" is that they'll likely both experience the same fate: failure.
Ouch! That's a harsh word is it not? It is at this point that you have to
evaluate what you have been doing, be honest with yourself, and find the weak
link that is holding you back. A frustration that I have experienced in working
with people is that while their strength training program and conditioning
program is progressing, their lack of progression in their nutrition plan is
failing them. It could very well be the other way around as well. You could be
eating like a saint, clean as a whistle, but if you keep on training the same
way, which happens all the time by the way, you will not change. Now your weak
link is your training program. As a good friend and mentor of mine has always
said, "if you're gonnna do 2/3 (66%) of the work, you are gonna get "D"
So do yourself a favor and apply the progression principle to your training
routine. Better yet, apply it to your life. This principle has fed my life with
purpose and challenges for me to get "progressively" better in many areas of my
life. So take charge of your life and don't be a bystander!