How to Be More Consistent in the Gym (6 Tips)
- DAN NORTH
Whether you want to build muscle or learn how to play La Villa Strangiato, you need to be consistent.
If you’ve been bit by the iron bug, you don’t have to motivate yourself to train. You just do it. For others, going to the gym 3-4 x per week can seem like an unconquerable feat. If this sounds like you, keep reading.
These six tips will make you consistent af in the gym.
1. Join a group where the desired behaviour is the normal behaviour
This gem is from a little book called Atomic Habits by James Clear. Ring a bell? If not, I’ll give you a minute to climb out of the rock you’ve been living under and purchase it. Now.
You’re the average of the five people you spend the most time with. That said…If you want to get stronger, train with people who are stronger than you. If you want to get better at jiu-jitsu, train with black belts.
If you’re looking for ways to be more consistent in anything, join a group where you’re surrounded by people who already do the stuff you want to do.
2. Schedule your workouts as non-negotiable meetings
“If you don’t prioritize your life, someone else will.” – Greg McKeown
It’s easy to miss workouts if they’re not in your calendar. Conversely, if they’re listed as an essential meeting, you (and the people in your immediate circle) will respect it.
Remember this: Your progress starts by making yourself a priority.
Everything in your life (and I mean everything) gets better as a result of training. Your relationships, your career, your family, your mental health. Everything.
3. Understand that you won’t always be motivated (do it anyway)
If people only did things when they were motivated, the world would be a very empty, boring place.
4. Understand that not every workout is going to feel great (do it anyway)
If you only trained the amount of times your workouts felt amazing, you’d go to the gym like once a week (if that). Here’s the thing, you’re not going to feel like Superman or She-Hulk every workout. Some days, you will. Other days, you’ll feel like SpongeBob. The point is to do it anyway. That’s how you get consistent and ultimately, see progress.
5. Stop trying to do everything at once
Instead of taking one step in ten directions, how about taking ten steps in one direction? You’ll be surprised at how far you can go with this approach.
6. Focus on sustainability
Sustainable habits breed sustainable results. Unsustainable habits breed unsustainable results. This isn’t a twelve-week transformation challenge. This is the rest of your life.
Bonus: Hire a coach
Of course, I’m biased. That said, a (good) coach will take the guessing out of your workouts and help you develop a healthy, long-term relationship with the gym.