When it comes to getting fitter, it doesn’t have to be complicated. The theory of doing a bit more than you used to do seems solid enough and for a lot of people it can move them towards their health and fitness goals. But the longer you train for, the more you might find that just doing a bit more isn’t moving you towards your goals.
Over the next few articles, we’ll be highlighting and explaining various pitfalls that we see people fall into time and time again. As well as explaining the reason you may not be making progress, we’ll also be providing guidance for how you can go about fixing it. Some of the points are linked and may seem contradictory to each other, but that’s where the coaching staff at SC FIT come in – to help you work out what’s holding you back and how to address it.
Here’s the next part of our list:
- – You’re not practicing
- The age old mantra of mechanics before consistency, and consistency before intensity is true – if you don’t spend time practicing skill based movements like double unders or weightlifting without being tired you won’t make progress. If you’re always desperate to add load but you miss as many lifts as you make, you’d be better served dialling it back and working on the smaller pieces separately before putting it all back together. Practicing skills every time you train isn’t super sexy but the pay off will come when skills come automatically.
- – You’re impatient
- We live in an age of instant gratification and you can’t be blamed for wanting that to apply to your health and fitness as well. The truth though is that no one got where they are today without a lot of time working on it – whether that’s building muscle and getting fitter or sliding away from health and getting fatter. One gym session, or even one month of gym sessions, is not going to change much, but the compounding effects of new healthy habits over time will pay off – you just need to stick at it.
- – You’re sacrificing sleep
- If sleep was a performance enhancing drug then it would be banned. We know that staying up late watching Netflix is tempting but going to bed a bit earlier than you currently do will probably help you with your health and fitness goals. Some people say that 5-6 hours is plenty for them, but they don’t know what it’s like to be truly well rested and wake up feeling good after 7-8 (or even 9 hours) of sleep. At SCFIT we hold sleep in such high regard that when we start working with new nutrition clients helping to fix up their sleep quality and quantity almost always precedes any conversation around food.