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We’ve likely all met the person who’s ‘tried everything’. From running, to CrossFit, to keto, to intermittent fasting, to boxing and anything else you can think of. They’re frustrated because no matter what they do, they’re just not seeing any results.

They’ve tried everything.

Everything except consistency.

The problem with jumping between different training types and diets is you never spend enough time improving on the capacities that make that type of training effective. Instead, all you get is surface-level gains that are not noticeable and not long-lasting.

Consistency in training, whilst being the simplest concept to grasp, it is (for many) the most difficult to implement. It requires a great deal of patience and the realisation that long-term results trump instant gratification every time. This is often overlooked.

You will see some improvement straight away. This is great and hopefully provides you with a sense that what you’re doing is worth it. Then, after about a month, maybe two, your results will slow down. The only thing that is going to ensure you continue to progress is that you keep showing up and putting in the work. Every day, for weeks, months, and years on end.

When you look back from where you were 12 months ago, you’ll see your improvement and it’ll be amazing.

Speaking from personal experience now. In the past 6 months alone, I’ve improved my half-marathon time by just under 22 minutes. This wasn’t because I’ve done anything special or tried some crazy intense program that leaves me vomiting after every session. All I’ve done is run at least 5 days a week every week all year. I’ll continue to do this, and whilst it won’t be 22 minutes faster, I’ll be faster in a year than I am today.

As a general rule to help with your consistency remember it’s better to be consistently good rather than occasionally great. You can think of this a couple of different ways:

  • Getting a 1-hour session done every day this week is better than flogging yourself for 2.5 hours on a Monday and then taking the rest of the week off.
  • Having a controlled amount of your favourite treat food at the end of a solid week of training is better than trying to restrict it completely from your diet than having a huge binge when you finally cave.

When it comes to your training, ignore the hacks, trends, and fads. Focus on nailing the basics day in, day out. Aim to be the best at getting better. Play the long game.

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