There are no Hacks in Training!
Before I begin this rant allow me to clarify that this post goes out to anyone who is currently training, wants to train, or about ready to call it quits on training. If you’re too lazy to read this entire article I’ll sum it up in one sentence; THERE ARE ABSOLUTELY NO HACKS IN TRAINING SO, PLEASE STOP LOOKING FOR THEM!
I’ve been feeling as though my writing has been soft, which is why I need to spice things up and be totally transparent on this one. To say the world of training and performance has grown rapidly in the last 15 years is an extreme understatement. That kind of sucks bc people are so confused nowadays they either do way too much, or search endlessly for the proverbial magic pill. I rarely speak to athletes, fitness enthusiasts, or coaches who stick to one program with a strong foundation of nutritional habits for a consistent period of time. The conversation inevitably turns into a bitchfest about why they can’t achieve their goals, which is always full of dozens of excuses they don’t even realize they’re making.
If you’ve ever been in a conversation that sounds like any of these, get down and bang out 50 push-ups to release the frustration you probably have after realizing this person just wasted 20 minutes of your life:
“I’ve been trying to lose the same 10lbs. for over a year, but idk why I can’t do it. I’m in the gym 2 hours a day, I’m on a low carb diet, and I hit my cardio 5 times a week. I even tried using a trainer, but he tried telling me to do something totally different than I was used to so I stopped going to him. Guess I just need more cardio.”
“Bro, I signed up for this badass gym that is supposed to be the shit. I’ve been killing it! My strength was going up like crazy at first, but it’s slowed down a little bit. One of the Strength Coaches there told me I had to add an extra training session in each week and do shit on my own at home. Dude expects me to hit that extra session at 7am every Friday. Fuck that wing night is on Thursday’s I can’t miss that shit! That place ain’t that great I’m about to be out.”
“My training routine is insane! I do CrossFit 3 days a week, HIIT twice a week, strongman every Sunday, and I just joined a weightlifting team. I’m grinding (cringe at that overused, misunderstood word) like a beast, but my knees and back have been killing me. This Paleo diet is awesome too It got me shredded! I can’t get off the toilet though. “
“Have you heard about this new pre-workout shake that came out?! It’s called The Magic Shake 9000. It’s supposed get you ripped, jack up your PR’s by 100lbs. each and shed all the fat on your body! I also just saw this piece of equipment on this website that hits every muscle in your body and you only have to do it for 10 minutes twice a week. I’m all over that thing too!
These people are either cry babies or excuse-makers…
Let me break it down for you...
There are no hacks, no shortcuts, no secret programs or diets, and you don’t have to train for more than an hour a day in most cases. If any of those people who make those allegations against their training routines actually listened to what they were saying, they would realize the mistakes they were making. Setting goals with a timeline, creating a plan of action, engaging in consistent action toward those goals, and fully committing yourself is the secret to success in training. All the best athletes for the last 100 years have used these principles. It’s no different now. It may seem that way bc the internet floods your brains with some of the worst bs training advice there is, but getting results is no different than it was decades ago.
It does not matter what type of training system you decided to go with. If you decide that CrossFit is best to help you reach your goals, then do CrossFit. If a Powerlifting program is what you need, do Powerlifting. Really take the time to think about what it actually is that you want to achieve. Then, research the best method, fully commit to it and take action right away! Please, stop all this whining! Complaining about something put you on timeout in the back of the classroom as a kid. The same should be done to adults and adolescents who can’t stop the bitching!
Establishing sound nutritional habits is crucial to achieving your goal. If a particular diet works for you and is truly healthy, then use it. There is no excuse when it comes to the food you decide to put in your mouth. Unless you come from Mars, you know that vegetables are healthier than cereal. You are aware that soda isn’t as good as water and eating fruits is better than eating fruit flavored candy.
Stop blaming other people for you poor decision making.
Give your efforts some time. So many people give up on the program they’re using within the first 2-3 weeks. Sustainable results take time. A lot of it. Stay committed and see it through. If after at least 3 months of real commitment you’re not happy then try something else. Learn from your mistakes, re-evaluate and press on.
If you can learn to have some sort of structure in your training and nutrition you’ll develop an overall better lifestyle. You’ll have setbacks here and there, but you cannot allow them to throw you off track completely. As soon as you realize you can’t hack hard work and dedication, your training results will take off.
Stop looking for the hacks! Just make a commitment and go!
Dominate Another Day.