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Make it count: Do the work, and stick with it

Jimmy Pritchard

Correction: This piece was originally mis-attributed to the wrong author. Jimmy Pritchard wrote the following.

As a fitness professional, I specialize in creating programs based on people’s needs and capabilities. An effective program is never perfect, however. As a coach who strives for excellence, I desire to provide the most effective programs for all of my students. I deliver results because my adherents follow a specific plan, and they don’t waver when life gets hectic.

The problem

Unfortunately, there’s an abundance of misinformation out there. Sometimes trainees follow unreasonable programs and often injure themselves or yield poor results. Also imprudent are people who find a program worth doing but fail to stick with it; they’re too busy program-hopping like they’re at a wine sampling party. One week they’re a Yogi, the next week they perform CrossFit seven days a week. Sound familiar? You’re not alone. Novice trainees change programs because they don’t see instant results, and frustration lingers. Building fitness takes time. There will be bumps in the road, it will be hard, and sometimes it may not be fun.

The best program is always the one that you will consistently adhere to, while remaining injury free. That does not mean ripping a page out of Men’s Fitness and following it to the letter because it’s easy.

An even bigger issue is entering the gym with no plan at all. If you have no goals, then why are you there? I’ve seen numerous people spin their wheels at the gym, ultimately burning out. They plateau, look and perform the same for months on end. These people often put in inordinate amounts of time at the gym with the philosophy that more is better. In reality, consistent focused efforts fewer times a week would serve them better.

What to do

Curious minds often ask me. “What’s the best plan to follow?” The best program is always the one that you will consistently adhere to while remaining injury free. That does not mean ripping a page out of Men’s Fitness and following it to the letter because it’s easy. I encourage you to search for the program most sensible to you and is in line with your goals. Beyond that, question whether or not you will truly commit to it. Track your progress, and when the time comes, simply do the work. After one week don’t bail on your program because you don’t look like Thor yet. Relax and seek to improve each week — your goals will be built one layer at a time.

Wrapping up

If the advice I offer appears simple, then that’s because it is. We often complicate certain aspects of training and exercise and it’s completely unnecessary. As long as you don’t have any underlying movement problems or dysfunctions, a wide variety of routines can work for you. The amount of time spent on searching for answers could be spent putting in the work. Special programming is fantastic, and when executed correctly can produce amazing results. We must remember that a program is only as good as the effort and consistency done to execute it. Next time you enter the gym, arrive with a plan, track your results and simply do the work. I hope this helps those of you struggling with where to start, or where to continue. Thanks for reading and have a good week.

Jimmy Pritchard has a B.S. from Colorado Mesa University and is a certified strength and conditioning specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association. He is a personal trainer at the Sonnenalp Club and is a fitness professional at ryanrichards.com. Pritchard’s passion is to help others meet, and often exceed their goals in all areas of fitness. Contact him at 970-401-0720.


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