Updated: Aug 4, 2019
Recently I was asked a question about why I gave a client the weight training program that I did. If you have a trainer, you should do the same! You need to know there is some thought behind what you're doing and it's helping you towards your goals, not just an hour of random movements (unless that is all you're looking for). He questioned the program because he watched a video on the internet that recommended he do the exact opposite of what I recommended, so this confused him. This would confuse anyone! There is so much misleading information out there, how do you know what you should really believe? Every month there is a new trend fitness routine, new diet fad, new type of fitness equipment, and the list goes on. But the thing that has stood the test of time is lifting something heavy, getting your heart rate up, and consistency! But consistency isn't sexy and it doesn't sell. The fitness and muscle magazines can't sell "do the same thing as lost month" in every issue they publish. But it's consistency week after week, month after month, that will get you the results. Jumping around from one trend to the next, taking time off in between, will only create a yo-yo mentality and will not produce long-term results. I'm not saying you need to do the EXACT same thing day after day; yes, that will get boring after a while. But you need to develop the consistency to move your body in one way or another and do it every week. But Jono, how long do I have to keep doing it for? Do you really want my answer? FOREVER! You should never stop challenging your body. The day you do is the day your muscles seize up and you will more than likely get injured. Most back pain, knee pain, shoulder pain, can all be improved through just a little movement and proper exercise. But not just for a week or two, for years! That is how the body get's strong. So if you've just started a new fitness plan, don't overwhelm yourself, start slow and create consistency by doing something one day per week. Once you're consistent with that, add one more day. Before you know it, you'll be one of those "fitness junkies"!