I recently was invited to Muscle Geeks Nutrition in Rosemead, CA to share my personal experiences with supplementation and dieting. As I shared my own journey through physical fitness I began to hear fitness and bodybuilding motivation stories from other people in the room.
One inspirational story that stood out was about a young guy who was involved in a car accident and lost mobility in his lower body. While bedridden he put on a lot of extra body weight and was unable to get around let alone work out. Despite all of the adversity he had to overcome including losing over 100 pounds in a matter of months, he got back in the gym, and gained lean muscle. It was motivating to see how determined he was to walk again and go the extra mile to not only get in shape but compete in a men’s physique competition. He placed in the top five in a class of 20 or more competitors.
There were a lot of other great stories that were shared. One of the main topics that I brought up was how to find your motivation throughout your life and making fitness apart of your regular activity from month to month and not just a seasonal trend. I explained how as a personal trainer I teach people how to incorporate training and staying consistent is like creating any habit. It’s small steps in the beginning until you feel more like you want to continue fitness and not that you have to.
Personally, I’ve incorporated weight training in my life even when I’ve been strapped for time and busy with other endeavours. I find the best way to stay motivated is to be honest with what you’re able to handle when it comes to your fitness goal. One mistake people tend to make is setting goals to high and trying to get results overnight. Fitness is more like fine wine – you tend to get better over the years. The longer you stick with it, the more quality muscle you gain over the years.
The most realistic approach to incorporating a fitness regimen is to find the time you can spare on a weekly basis and stick to that day or days, week in and week out. If you can only commit to training 1 day a week, continue to train 1 day a week for the rest of your life. Training 5 days a week for 6 months and then quitting won’t do you any good 20 years from now. My point is consistency is more important than over training and burning out or getting discouraged.
Throughout my personal career in the fitness industry I have been able not only maintain but grow lean muscle over the years with minimal training on a weekly basis. At one point, I only trained once a week for 5 years and was able to compete after the 5 year hiatus with more muscle maturity. Another aspect to remember when it comes to training is your knowledge of diet, nutrition and supplementation. It’s important to educate yourself in order to make the most of your effort over the years. In other words, you can train every single day of the week and not see any physical change if you don’t know how to eat and supplement. Remember diet is more than 70 percent of getting in shape.
When I went to go speak at Muscle Geeks I met a lot of people who came from different walks of life. Everyone had their own reasons and their own goals when it came to getting in shape, but when it comes down to staying motivated, it’s about being consistent and never quitting.