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The 3 Most Important Factors For Getting Results.

Hey everyone!

I don’t know about you but it seems like no matter what kind of gym or fitness center you go these days to regardless of how fancy their machines are or how buff their trainers may be, months and months and often years go by and every one still kinda looks the same… No doubt as a nation, and southern california in particular, people are more active than ever and really seem to be making a point to exercise more frequently. Now, don’t get me wrong: anything is better than nothing, but I’d be willing to bet that just behind (or perhaps right in front) of the obvious health related benefits of exercise is the desire to look good naked. This is a powerful motivator, however all too often this motivation get misdirected and stuck in a routine like pattern of the same low-intensity redundant training programs. This is why I am a firm believer that the best routine is no routine at all! The reason is that our bodies, from an evolutionary stand point, are designed to adapt in an effort to conserve as much precious energy (body fat) as possible. So, what happens after a few weeks of the same old same old? You guessed it: Adaptation. What does this mean exactly?  It means your body is saying “cool, I got this. No need to shed that body fat anymore.” How can this “adaptation” or plateau as its more commonly referred to be avoided? Oh, just the 3 most important factors for getting results:

INTENSITY

Lets face it; intensity is tough. Especially when you’re current life situation isn’t just right for a hard workout. Not enough sleep, not enough water, not enough food, too much food, long week, long day, fight with girlfriend/boyfriend, laziness etc… Here’s the bottom line: Your body physiologically responds to intensity. Meaning, when you wake that central nervous system up with a set of 21 thrusters, immediately you start secreting growth hormones. Which by the way are a huge contributors for burning up body fat and building muscle. However, this kind of “hormonal response” is rarely achieved through chronic cardio and single joint exercises. It’s done through dynamic, compound, multi-joint movements that leave you sweating and gasping for breath. Kinda makes sense huh? Obviously your body is going to need to make some changes to be able to handle that kind of exertion… This doesn’t mean long drawn out workout however, 45 minutes tops. Short and sweet. Hormone levels significantly drop after 45 minutes of intense exercise. So, get in, get out, get results! Ok, that was a little cheesy…

VARIATION

21 Thrusters is definitely intense. No argument there. However, If you’re doing them 3 times per week your body will eventually adapt to even the most rigorous of exercise. That’s why you MUST have variation. Going back to that adaptational evolutionary survival mechanism I mentioned earlier regarding redundant routines; no matter the scale of your training you need to change everything about it almost weekly in order to avoid this pesky adaptation. Whether its rep range, amount of weight, shorter breaks or any and all of these, the best way to insure progress (after you’ve mastered the intensity aspect of course) is to keep your body guessing. Keep it chasing that elusive plateau that will never quite come because before your body can adapt you’ve already changed your routine and sent it on yet another wild goose chase.

CONSISTENCY

This is a big one for a lot of people. I can’t tell you the amount of clients I’ve started out with a bang only to watch fall off the wagon so to speak after a relatively short period of time. I think it has to do with perspective, or lack there of. Like I said earlier; people want results and they want them fast. However, all too often people quit before the miracle happens. They just don’t know how close they really are, and become defeated and quit and once again start the cycle of their life story that has no doubt repeated itself too many times. Always keep this in mind: Assuming you have intensity and variation in the bag the fist month of any program will yield the most results. Basically this means that just about anyone can achieve 80% success, but the time it will take to get from 80% to 100% of the way there will absolutely take ten times longer that then time it took to get to 80%. Survival of the fittest I suppose, But when I say that I don’t mean physically. I’m talking about mental grit. The ability to wake up and do it all over again and again (with variation of course). The ability to constantly reassess your diet and routine and identify anything that may not be serving you, and take action toward it. Easier said than done, I hear ya. But keeping the big picture in mind and avoiding self micromanaging (basically staying as stress free as possible and not being too hard on yourself) is essential to success in any area of life.
Well there you have it. I hope this helps clarify some areas of uncertainty for you all out there. Always feel free to email with any questions you find yourself pondering.
To your health,
Justin Schollard

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