There are two secrets to achieving better fitness, fat loss, health, strength, and anything else…

I’m going to let you in on the secret, but you have to promise me something first.

You have to promise to tell as many people as possible…

The number 1 secret to fitness success is…

Commit to your cause.

It isn’t a secret workout plan, special diet, perfect supplement combo, or anything like that.

No matter how great a workout plan may be, it won’t work if you don’t commit to following it.

Improved fitness, strength, less body fat, and better health require work. If you are committed to working at it regularly, you will be successful.

Once you understand that fitness, losing weight, and getting stronger are the result of work over time, the “mysterious process” is no longer intimidating.

Commitment, willpower, and deadlifts.

Commitment and willpower get better with practice. No Jedi mind tricks required! Image courtesy of Pixabay

These all have one thing in common…

The more you use them, the better they get!

Think back to the first time you performed a deadlift or any exercise you found challenging to learn.

It was hard, wasn’t it? You didn’t quite understand the technique and coordination. First reps are never pretty and they make you think “there’s no way I’ll ever be able to do this…”

But…

When you take your time, build your technique, and practice often with the right amount of weight, you get better! Your muscles get stronger, muscular coordination improves, and you can handle more weight.

Commitment works the exact same way.

Start with something you can manage. If it is too much you won’t be able to stick to it.

If you’ve been away from training for a while, you’re probably eager to start again and drop a few pounds or get back to your former fitness level.

Instead of using the “kitchen sink” approach and doing everything at once and as much as possible, start smaller.

Start by committing to one thing.

Start. Improve. Do more.

Taking the example above, let’s say you wanted to get back to training regularly and get a little leaner after a relaxed summer.

You might start by committing to a schedule where you train 3 days a week. This won’t be too difficult since you’re used to going to the gym, but it might take a few weeks before you settle into a routine.

Eventually this won’t need as much effort and you can focus on other areas. This would be the time to start a nutrition plan, improve your sleep, or look at other areas that need attention.

Start this way and get more ambitious as you go, not the other way around.

Taking this approach gives you the opportunity to make mistakes, learn from them, and adjust to your new routine piece by piece. You’ll have an easier time adapting and making it “stick”.

Think of it like learning a new exercise. You’re trying to get the hang of the movement, use the right muscles, and find the right weight to use.

The best way to do this is to start slow, using little to no resistance. Get the movement down first so you can perform with confidence. Once you can do that, add some resistance and focus on keeping your form tight. Then you can increase the speed of the movement or perform more challenging variations.

Before you start, understand that you’re going to make mistakes.

You’re going to have bad days. There will be days and weeks where you’ll see zero progress and would rather be doing something else.

Don’t give up. Stay committed to your cause!

Don’t worry if you didn’t reach your goal in 8 weeks. Maybe you fell off track or had a setback with an injury and are somewhat discouraged.

It is normal for these things to happen. Learning how to deal with and overcome setbacks is part of the learning process. Keeping a commitment to your cause and remembering why you started will help you through these rough parts.

Stay tuned for “Secret Number 2″….