More often than not I always see people trying to attempt too many training goals at once. We see it all the time; the person who changes their goal every month in the name of progress. Now look, to be fair, change is sometimes a good thing because it helps a trainee to figure out what they would like to do. After all you have to remember what your training for.
Someone may think that Olympic Weightlifting is their sport of choice until they actually try competing in weightlifting and they find that they don’t like how technical the exercises are. Therefore, they try out something like strongman next. However, this is not the point of this article. I felt compelled to write this because of ongoing problems that I see on a daily basis, which is CHANGE FOR THE SAKE OF CHANGE!
I know that seeing some guy online perform tiger bend handstand pushups or hanging windshield wipers may look really cool and the allure to jump right into it may be irresistible. However, I have to ask you, is this what your training for? Is gymnastics/calisthenics your training goal? If so, great. If not, why are you doing them? Although I have no evidence to support this, from what I hear the most popular training goal is to lose weight and look good. Both tiger bends and windshield wipers will help you lose weight but is that REALLY what you should be prioritizing? The answer is no. If you’re goal is to lose weight, then you should be focusing on your nutrition.
Although I used weight loss for an example, this applies to all training goals. People loose sight of what they really want and become distracted with the noise of society. This, I believe, is from lack of purpose in training. When you see that person in the gym who is doing the same exercises everyday and the person who is doing different exercises everyday, realize that they are more similar than they are different. These people may say that they want to get results but they really don’t. They want everything to come easy to them; which always happens for beginners. Then once they have to exert themselves past their comfort zones, they get scared and quit. Thus, we have the mass of fitness enthusiasts who train year round and make absolutely no progress. They become victims of their own routines.
This is what separates the elites from the average. The elites are willing to push themselves outside of their comfort zone. Rather than focusing on the short term progress they are making, they always maintain their focus on the long term. Instead of focusing on a new exercise, choose to focus on your goals. Really reflect on yourself, your progress and where you would like to go. This paves the way to real results. With that said, let me ask you one last question. Do you remember what your training for?