Last week, we talked about the one simple step for getting results: Showing up.
I know first-hand how hard it is to go from out of shape and uncomfortable to making fitness a daily habit. But perhaps what’s more beneficial to you is the number of people I’ve observed on their fitness journeys over the years.
In an upcoming article, I’ll talk about those who make excuses, but today we’re talking about those who MAKE. THE. TIME. It’s all about consistency and I asked some of my most consistent gym members, “What does consistency mean to you?” and to share their most helpful advice.
Let’s start with the tough love:
Bryan D: In regards to fitness, you cannot do your best if you are not consistent in showing up to put in the work. With any fitness journey, it doesn’t matter where you start, how strong you are or what your end goal is, you will never reach that goal if you aren’t consistently showing up to put in the work.
Rocky B: I might first suggest that removing the concept of my fitness being a journey has been important to my consistency. A journey suggests a beginning and end, that I’ll be done someday. I really hope that's never the case… I don't want to ever stop! Now you have to deal with the concept of "never stopping", which may sound terrible to some. That might be one of the common mindsets among those who have found some consistency. Exercise isn't a means to an end. Exercise is the end game.
Colin S: Consistency is what gets most people to where they want to be in life. It’s made people millions of dollars, and won them gold medals. Consistency is practice, and it’s not always fun. You have to be disciplined to do things when you don’t want to, even if it’s something you normally love doing. When you chuck a jump rope halfway across the gym because you can’t seem to figure out a freaking double under, consistency is walking it off, picking it back up, and trying again. Being consistent puts you in a position to succeed, so even if you don’t feel like you’ve struck gold yet, you might be one more attempt away from finally nailing it. At the end of the day, it’s asking yourself how good you want to be at something. Michael Jordan wasn’t born the best.
Now, some encouraging words and perspectives you may not have considered:
Bryan D: One reason I love CrossFit is that all you have to do is show up. You don’t have to think, ‘What am I going to do today?’ You don’t have to wait around to use a machine, you don’t have people standing over you saying “How many sets you got left?” All you have to do is show up and the rest is taken care of.
Ann F: Consistency in fitness gives me peace of mind. I like to have a baseline fitness level, endurance, strength, etc. It just makes my day go better to get a workout in and helps me enjoy the ones I do when I am really consistent. Then I know I can do it (and not feel like I’m dying) and I really enjoy it so much more. And it helps prevent injuries too, I think. Plus, it really helps my overall contentment level to know that I am taking care of my mental and physical health. It just helps me deal with all of the challenges that our crazy world brings.
Jen F: To me, consistency is sort of a commitment to myself. We over-commit to others so often and we owe that to ourselves too. Let’s be honest, we aren’t always motivated but I’m never sorry I got up before dawn. I’m only sorry when I don’t! Plus as I have shared with you, the strength gained just for daily living is priceless.
Anna M: Working out is a part of my day that I never have to make the conscious decision to go or not to go. It’s just a regular part of my day like eating breakfast or brushing my teeth.
Ty R: Attending classes at TWR on a consistent basis has been beneficial to improving my confidence in Crossfit movements and gaining new friendships, but it has also been a great lesson in humility. No matter how stressful or successful my day goes, I know that I can come into TWR and be presented with a challenging workout that is indifferent to my mood or how my day went. It's the sense of accomplishment I get after conquering a tough workout that keeps me checking into class as often as I can.
Rocky B: Everyone will have their personal motivations and that usually comes with their own unique goals. I think that's important. Everyone has to deal with failing a goal, and everyone has to deal with being unmotivated. Pushing that all aside, the THING that keeps you coming back is that you've found something you love. That thing can't be a number on a scale, it can't be how many plates you're putting up on bench. The THING you love has to be YOU, and that means taking care of yourself is important and a priority. My secret sauce to consistency is that I love the person that fitness has turned me into, and I'd like to keep him around forever.
Julie H: I am a very concrete, black and white person. I don’t like to live in the gray. And while trusting the process is all different shades of gray, I can just tell you that it makes everything right in my world to have a schedule that is pretty much the same and I just really understand and believe in the thought of consistency eventually leads to the achievement of a goal… I’ve seen it in what I do on a daily basis. I can slowly but surely lift heavier and heavier and I get better and better at different movements. I always find a positive about something I’ve done in a day at the gym, even if it was only to show up, even if there was no actual improvement- maybe it looked exactly like it did yesterday but I showed up.
Shelby T: A big issue that people seem to have is making time. People feel guilty about making time for themselves. The moment I realized that taking care of myself was the most important, everything changed. I spend an hour a day for me. I give the rest away (-6 hours for sleep). No one can call me selfish for that (not even my negative self talk).
Mark F. shared his “Top 10 Things that Consistency Means to Me” list:
- I can go up 6 flights of stairs at work without being winded.
- I eat what I want (within reason) without gaining weight.
- I have more muscle definition than I ever have.
- I can occasionally do some RX stuff in the workout.
- I have friends at the gym.
- Still working on the 6 pack, see #2.
- I am older than most of my co-workers but in better shape.
- The coaches don’t have to correct me on my form as often.
- 50 sit-ups unbroken, that didn’t happen before CrossFit.
- It’s something to do with [my wife] Ann besides laundry.
And finally, a couple great quotes that members shared:
Bryan D: A quote that has stuck with me for a long time now is, “Anything that is worth doing, is worth overdoing. Moderation is for cowards.” This quote is great because it can be applied to in every aspect of life. If you are going to take the time to do something, you might as well take the time to do your absolute best.
Shelby T: “You have absolute control over just one thing, your thoughts. This divine gift is the sole means by which you may control your destiny. If you fail to control your mind, you will control nothing else.” – Napoleon Hill