How to get CONSISTENT with your workouts.

When I ask subscribers to The HERO Newsletter what their number one struggle is when it comes to movement or wellbeing, this is one that crops up AGAIN & AGAIN.

Not just getting the ball rolling with your movement practice, but sticking with it long enough and with enough consistency to make tangible progress towards your goals.

For a variety of reasons, this was something I struggled with for a long time too. I’d put the hard work in and accumulate few weeks/months of consistent workouts, only to get injured or burnt out, and end up right back where I started.

Repeat ad infinitum – never quite reaching those big, exciting goals.

If that sounds like a familiar story HERO, fear not.

In this weeks vid, we’re looking at a few simple tweaks I’ve made in my own approach to training and movement that have made a BIG difference.

No more frustrating failed attempts at getting your handstand, that elusive first pullup, or any other movement goal for that matter. Just a couple of shifts in our habits and mindset, and we’re onto a winner.

Let’s dive in…

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How to be More CONSISTENT With Your Workouts (+Smash Your Goals)

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To recap the 3 principles for improving workout consistency:

1. Be specific

Specificity is of the key ingredients to making progress in any area of life – from your movement training goals to your business targets.

There’s a few stages to the process I like to use:

  1. Write a big list of goals you’d like to work towards at some point in time. They could be skill based (handstand, front lever, etc), more physically orientated (2x bodyweight deadlift, 3x pullups, etc.) or even related to body composition (gain x amount of muscle, etc).
  2. Pick ONE or TWO goals that you’re most excited about. Really thinking about your reason ‘why’ – the deep underlying motivation that’s gonna help keep you consistent.
  3. Structuring your training around those one or two goals. Putting any other movement skills or components of fitness on ‘maintenance mode’ – just touching bases once a week or so to prevent complete deterioration.

2. Prioritise Recovery

Overtraining (or under-recovery) is one of the biggest obstacles people face when it comes to consistency struggles.

Since I’ve made the shift from pushing myself as hard as I could every session, to making sure I’m recovering effectively, the whole process has been a hell of a lot more enjoyable.

There’s a bunch of things we could dig into with regards to recovery, but a few things worth considering to start with:

  1. Programming. Finding the balance of training frequency, volume and intensity that works for you and fits into your lifestyle. It’s gotta be realistic if you’re gonna make the habit stick.
  2. Nutrition. Not just eating to fuel your training, but healthy eating to nourish the whole body and provide it with the building blocks it needs to rebuild and come back stronger.
  3. Sleep. Not just sleep quantity, but sleep quality too. Creating a peaceful sleeping environment, and thinking about how you down-regulate and wind down before bed.

3. Flexibility

Not in terms of range of motion, but in terms of our ability to adjust to obstacles and unforeseen circumstances.

The foundation for this is tracking your training. I like to keep a simple journal, where as well as noting what I’m doing each session (movement, reps, time under tension etc), I also write a few lines on how the session went overall, how my body felt, and what I could potentially do better next time.

There are a number of benefits I’ve seen from this approach:

One is that it gives you the chance to make micro-adjustments to your training, so each session is more geared towards reaching your goals.

The other BIG one in relation to consistency is that by regularly checking in and applying a bit of mindfulness to each practice session, it’s WAY easier to keep tabs on potential injuries & your risk of overtraining.

If you can see from your notes that every session is feeling super hard and you’re struggling to complete the planned sets/time under tension, that could be an early warning sign you should back off a little. To allow your body to recover, before it burns out.

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That about it for today HERO!

Don’t forget to leave a comment below or on YouTube if you have any questions about getting more consistent with your workouts, or if there’s a topic you’d particularly like me to cover sometime.

And as always, if you enjoyed the video, it would be great if you could the support the channel by liking, subscribing and sharing it with you buddies!

Until next time, stay strong and have a healthy heroic day!

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