There are no healthy “quick buff” schemes when it comes to bodybuilding. Like the natural formation of a mountain, it is a slow process. Industry professionals at their peak have spent years or even decades building their perfect bodies. But, you might be wondering, “How does this apply to me?”
Well Jim (I just hope someone reading this article is named Jim because that would be sweet) this applies to you because no matter what your goals are in the gym, it will take time to get there. Not only the time, but also the coherence and that is what I am here to talk to you about today.
Consistency doesn’t just mean hitting the gym regularly. It also means putting a consistent amount of effort into each workout and being consistent with your tracking and growth. Let me explain.
Going to the gym regularly is a big part of reaching your fitness goals. If you take long breaks from going to the gym, say 3 weeks, this can seriously hamper your progress. Not only have you lost those 3 weeks of muscle gain that you could have had by going to the gym, but you will also lose some of the muscle that you have already built. This is due to your inactivity. If your muscles are not stimulated to grow regularly, it will hinder your gains in the long run. So the first lesson is to stick with your gym regiment.
There are no “cheat days” when it comes to your workouts. You must provide the same or greater intensity to each and every workout. Always trying to increase the amount of weight you lift or the number of repetitions you do. If you’re not going to bring your full and energetic self to each and every workout, you won’t have the long-term success that others can. It is important to stay committed to each and every workout. None of these half days where you just don’t feel like getting work done or sessions where you spend half your time on your phone. Don’t get me wrong, every now and then our bodies can’t handle the amount of stress that we put on in the gym. It is important to listen to your body and give it the rest it needs. I highly recommend implementing unload weeks into your training regimen where you lift weights lighter than normal, work out in shape, and give your body some extra time to recover. Lesson 2 is to be consistent in the intensity of your training.
The most successful people in bodybuilding are those who control all the weights they lift and everything they eat. This gives them a solid benchmark against which to work and improve. From week to week, it is very difficult to remember how much weight you lifted and how many repetitions of each exercise. My advice? Get yourself a small notepad or make a spreadsheet where you can record your workouts. Keep track of everything and try to improve from one workout to the next. One of the most important factors for bodybuilding success is diet. You need to count your macros and make sure you are getting enough protein, fat, and carbohydrates. Consistency in your diet is what will make your progress faster and give you better results in the long run.
In closing, I hope you can see the important role consistency plays in long-term muscle building. It may take a little extra effort at first, but once it’s consistent, it will stay that way. I wish you all the best on your fitness journey and remember that when it comes to fitness, consistency is king.