For the past 19+ years, I have seen people come to the gym in an attempt to get fit, lose weight, gain weight, lower their blood pressure, stave off old age

Most of them stick around for a few months and then gradually disappear. I would estimate that this group makes up about 75% of a typical health club’s membership.

The remaining 25% become regulars. They come to the gym between 2 and 5 days a week. They usually fall into 1 of 3 groups.

  • The Cardio Junkies
  • The Weight Lifters
  • and The ‘Group Class’ Ladies

Within each of these groups, only about 25% make any significant improvements after the first 6 months.

And if my math (25% of 25% is 6.25%) is correct, that means that only 6 percent of gym-goers make any significant improvement after 6 months.

WHY?

Because 94% of them make the single BIGGEST Workout Mistake…That Almost Everyone Makes.

They don’t PLAN for success.

  • They plan to lose body-fat by following the diet of the month.
  • They plan to increase their aerobic fitness by following the program recommended by Lance Armstrong.
  • They plan to sculpt their body by following training programs pulled from Men’s Health
  • And 94% of them fail.

How to Plan for Success

  1. Before you do anything else, realize that your mind and your emotions WILL determine your plan for success. You can have the perfect diet and the perfect training program, but if your mind and heart are not onside, you WILL fail….Period.
  2. Realize that you are unique and that the program / diet that works for someone else may not work for you.
  3. Understand that even if a program / diet does work for you, it may not work forever. Your body adapts to the stresses that you impose upon it.
  4. Have a definite goal. I know that it is a cliche, but make it a S.M.A.R.T. goal.
  5. Keep a journal. Track your nutrition, your workouts, your thoughts and feelings. Ups and downs. And I know that most of you will never do this. Especially the guys. But I am serious. I just can’t say enough about what a great tool a health/fitness/workout/diet journal is for guaranteeing your success. I don’t know if it forces you to be more accountable to your success. I just know that it works.
  6. Educate yourself. Hire a trainer. Ask questions. Go online. Surf through the archives of my blog.  Read a book….Something. At the very least, you should know how to improve the function of your cardio-vascular system. You should know the difference between muscular strength, power and endurance… and how to develop each of them. You should understand how important structural balance is to keeping injury free. You should know the impact that different types of food have upon your body. Learn about the importance of sleep to your fitness success.
  7. Step outside of your comfort zone. Try something new. Apply your knowledge to a new training method.
  8. Remember that your fitness progress requires your fitness program to progress.
  9. Enjoy yourself. This isn’t work. If you don’t like what you are doing, fin something else.
  10. Rest and relax. It is during your periods of rest that your body repairs and improves upon the functions of your body necessary to handle tomorrow’s workout
  11. This one is up to you…figure it out for yourself.

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