Whether you’re a bodybuilder, powerlifter, athlete or just want to get fit, you may have often wondered what is the most important factor is when it comes to success.. Well I can tell you now, the most important factor is consistency and you either have it or you don’t. Those that don’t soon struggle to make progress. They’ll plateau in training and their body will remain the same.
So what do I mean by consistency?
- Diet (food+water)
This is by far the most important factor of consistency. You can’t gain weight if you aren’t eating enough and you can’t lose weight if you’re eating too much. Tracking your macro nutrient intake is vital and depending on your goals you’ll struggle to make progress unless you’re eating right. Food gives you the energy to fuel your work outs and ensures your body is able to recover. Even if you’re looking to maintain your weight you’ll need work out how many calories you should be eating to balance out the calories burnt during exercise. However, what you must ensure is that you should always vary your diet to ensure you always get a full range of nutrients. It’s easy to end up deficient in zinc (critical for natural testosterone) if you eat the same things day in day out without much thought.
You should never stick to the same training routine day in, day out. Depending on your routine and if you use periodisation or train in a particular way such as ‘westside’ it’s likely you should look to completely change your routine at the very least every 3 months. The longer I’ve been training the more I’ve accepted that it’s critical to change up your routine. You don’t HAVE to bench every week, yes you may lose some benching specific strength but if your focus is on size and you bench for ego forget about it.
You may or may not be surprised at how a lack of sleep can cause your training to go out the window. Don’t worry though, we all struggle to sleep as much as we’d like to due to external commitments. It’s often best to purposely go a bit lighter on a day you feel tired and just use the session as a ‘dynamic effort’ workout.