Why You Aren’t Getting Fitter: Part 3
By Dylan Porras
Have you ever asked yourself why you aren’t getting the results you want?
Have you ever felt like you’ve been putting in a ton of work but it’s not showing?
In Part 1 of this article, we revealed the #1 Reason (in my humble opinion of course), Sleep.
In this article, we look at reason #2… Nutrition!
Let’s dive in.
REASON #3: TRAINING!
This is a tough topic to talk about in a post like this because it depends a lot on what kind of results you are looking for. Whether you’re looking just to stay healthy, get shredded, compete, or just do it to lose a few pounds the amount of training will vary but I’ll try to keep it general and broad.
Here are some questions you should ask yourself?
1. Am I training enough?
2. Am I training hard enough?
3. Am I training too hard?
Are you training enough?
If you are looking to compete in the sport of CrossFit or just get shredded but you are only training 2-3x per week, the answer is no. On the other hand, if you’re just looking maintain the fitness level you are at (assuming you nutrition and recovery is solid), or perhaps even lose a few pounds, 3x a week is a solid place to start and will likely keep you on track.
So the more apropos question to ask yourself is: Are you training enough for your goal?\
Are you training hard enough?
Intensity may be the single most important factor for ensuring you the most “bang for your buck”. Walking a mile in 20 minutes or sprinting it in 5 minutes will produce two very different results despite being the exact same distance. Whether you are training CrossFit, Krav Maga or Zumba, intensity is the single most important factor for getting the results you are after within the fitness component of your training.
What’s so hard about intensity?
In the words of Greg Glassman, the Co-founder of Crossfit “It f&@$ing sucks.”.
Yes, it sucks. That’s why Coach Lloyd calls it the “Pain Cave”; but, if you want results, that is where you need to live. So ask yourself when you’re training, “Am I training hard enough?”.
Are you overtraining?
Rest is a muscle and we must work it if we are to take full advantage of the time we spend exercising the rest of the actual muscles of our body. This seems counterintuitive to the novice or even the intermediate athlete. Navy SEALs don’t rest and they are the baddest MFers on the planet! Jordan never rested and he was the greatest to ever play.
Or did they rest?
The truth is, rest is and will always be part of a Navy SEALs training regiment as well as the greatest sports players on earth. Why? Because it’s a non-negotiable requirement for making sure you are getting the most growth out of your training.
*This is not to be confused with BUD/s, the Navy SEAL training program, which tests a man’s mental endurance far more than their physical*
Plainly spoken, sometimes the best thing we can do for our bodies is nothing, especially if the answer to the first two questions, Am I training enough and Am I training hard enough, are yes!
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