You’ll get in really great shape if you make peace with boredom because the simplest, most “unsexy” methods of achieving anything are the most effective.
Don’t get me wrong. Making nutrition and exercise fun is important because it will help you show up. And showing up is priority number 1. If you don’t show up, nothing else matters.
However, getting good at something requires practicing the same thing repeatedly, which can seem tedious at first glance.
If you can embrace mindful, focused repetition you’ll advance more quickly than always doing random workouts for the sake of novelty, entertainment, or “muscle confusion”.
Fear of boredom shouldn’t dictate your decisions in the gym or the kitchen because doing so can easily pull focus away from what matters:
- Showing up day in, day out
- Sleep 7-10 hours per night
- 80% of your food = Protein and Vegetables
- Developing proficiency in Squats, Deadlifts, Pushes, Pulls, and Carries.
Here’s the thing to remember though: getting better at something IS fun.
We like things we’re good at. My online clients will attest to how fun it is getting stronger and seeing themselves achieve things they never thought possible. When you jump around from workout to workout, diet to diet, you miss out on this. I’m convinced many people don’t like working out because they never give themselves a chance to get good at it.
People forget learning can be immensely rewarding.
We forget because we have it beaten out of us. We’re taught learning is simply a means to monetary stability. Plus, we’re often verbally attacked and discouraged for not being good at something right away.
It’s no wonder we don’t associate learning with anything remotely enjoyable. It’s no wonder we’re hesitant to tread into unfamiliar territory if we think we won’t be amazing at it immediately.
However, if you’ve ever autonomously chosen to do something, to practice a hobby, craft, or skill, you probably became quite immersed in the process. You probably advanced quickly without really worrying about where the finish line was. And if you did so within a supportive, judgement free community, you probably made tons of progress.
Now, learning is obviously different than the kind of fun you get from hanging out in a bounce house or riding a jet ski, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t count.
Don’t shy away from the basics for fear of getting bored. You need repetition to get results, to change your body and relationship with fitness for good. The boring, simple shit is always the most effective.
Seeing yourself get stronger and seeing your work pay off is fun and motivating.
My clients get good at exercise because we hammer away at the basics every session. Yet, I’ve never had a client tell me my workouts were “boring”, because getting good at exercise and feeling confident isn't boring! Beyond leading to better fat loss, if you’re one of many who feels intimidated simply setting foot in a gym, feeling like you actually know what you’re doing is a game changer.
To build confidence in exercise you have to earn it through exposure. Everybody feels super self conscious when they first start out. I know I did. The best way to speed up this process is by focusing on a few basic exercises (Goblet Squats, Dumbbell Presses, and Rows are a good start) and practice them every workout.
Rather than just getting through it, focus on getting your technique a little bit better each workout. Aim to add 5 lbs each week to each exercise.
This is how you begin to like exercise, when you associate the work and effort with the rewards it brings, with the sense of accomplishment. That confidence then spills over to other areas of your life -- work, relationships, you name it.
Effective training programs are often absurdly simple. Starting Strength, Even Easier Strength, 5/3/1 are all strength programs with staying power, because they work. And of course, they work so well because they’re stupid simple.
Doing simple stuff over and over again works really well. It always has.
There’s nothing new under the sun. There’s no magic bullets, quick fixes, or “revolutionary new workout”s. It’s all bollocks.
Changing it up too often leads to stagnation. You don’t learn to ride a bike by doing it once a month. The same goes with any exercise.
Become friends with "boredom", patience, and repetition.
There’s nothing secret or original here:
Intentional practice of the basics makes perfect.
While doing squats, deadlifts, rows, and presses every workout might seem a bit unexciting, the gains you make in strength and confidence are pretty damn exciting.
Stay patient. Don’t get distracted by shiny objects.
Pretty soon, going to the gym will be something you look forward to as you love how strong it makes you feel. Consequently, you’ll notice your body changing when you look in the mirror, relieving the fear that as you get older you’re getting more and more out of shape.
Change is always possible. You just gotta stay focused and put in the reps.
The simplest way to hold yourself accountable here is to pick a training program and stick with it for at least 3 months.
Following any program will give you some structure and consequently speed up progress so don’t overthink this too much when deciding on a workout program. The 3 programs I listed earlier are all certainly great choices.
If you’re looking for workouts specifically designed for you I’d be more than happy to help you reach your health and fat loss goals. I’ve helped tons of clients drop pant sizes and get excited about exercising-- all while working around super hectic work lives.
So if you’re ready to:
- Lose your belly fat,
- Know your hard work in the gym is going to pay off and not get you hurt, *And make a borderline unhealthy amount of Star Wars references,
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