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5 Keys to Adopting a New Training Program

It sounds corny, but the process of beginning an exercise program is a lot like farming or planting a lawn. There are no immediate results, and the only way to succeed is to believe in your system and put in hard work. Keep this analogy and the tips that follow in mind as you undertake a new program.

1. Set Realistic Expectations

As I sit on my farm and wait for my lawn to sprout, I feel many of the same frustrations of the new exerciser. When will I see results? How come nothing is happening? All this work and...nothing. Remember that in the initial weeks, you're planting seeds for future results.

2. Feed Your Investment

Consistent nutrition and hydration. Much like fertilizer in farming, too much food can be a detriment to the exerciser. Only the correct amounts cause proper growth. Overfeeding can cause problems, as can underfeeding.

3. Adopt a System, and Believe in it

The key is to have faith in the process. Continue to exercise and eat well and suddenly a friend or co-worker will say, "Have you lost weight"? Your reaction might be, "It's about time someone noticed." Much like the first blades of grass poking through the ground, you begin to see success. You begin to experience positive feedback, clothes begin to fit differently.

4. Measure Results in Weeks and Months

An exercise program must be approached over a period of weeks and months, not days. The reality is that there is no quick fix, no easy way, no magic weight loss plan, no secret cellulite formula. There is only the law of the farm.

5. Stay Focused on the Big Picture

If you are consistent and diligent with both diet and exercise, you will eventually see results. Remember, much like fertilizer and water, diet and exercise go together. Try to grow crops or a lawn without water. No amount of effort will overcome the lack of vital nutrients.

Michael Boyle is one of the world’s leading experts in the area of performance enhancement and the owner of StrengthCoach.com. He is also the author of Functional Training for Sports.

Tags: Focus, Goals, Attitude, Planning, Stress

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