There are many lies that have been plaguing the fitness industry for years upon years. Some come and go over night, others hang around and die off slower, however, a few others seem to never go away. With that being said, I want to address what I believe to be the biggest lie that has been aggressively marketed across all sectors of the fitness industry. The biggest lie that we all need to be aware of is the absolute idea that one element will drastically turn around our fitness journey.
Not one single training plan, health supplement, or piece of equipment is going to help you cover a huge distance in your fitness journey. Consistency and quality execution of the basics day in and day out is what ultimately will keep you on the right path. Quality sleep, hydration, nutrition, and a good fundamental fitness routine, I call these the BIG 4, are the main elements that will help you stay on the right path. Yes, I believe it’s that simple, but simplicity doesn’t always mean easy. This is where making an investment in a quality trainer (like myself) to provide accountability, direction, and support can save you a lot of time, energy, and money in the long run.
There are no hacks or quick fixes, consistency is the one true king, but it’s consistency with the fundamentals that have stood the test of time. These fundamentals apply to everyone, and should be practiced to a certain capacity every single day. That capacity is just going to depend on the individuals goals and injury history. The challenging part of the journey is finding which fundamentals work best for you, that’s just part of the journey, such is fitness and life. Now, I’ll leave you with a few tips on the BIG 4 below:
1. Sleep: consistent 7-8 hours a night.
2. Hydration: minimum half your body weight in ounces of water daily.
3. Nutrition: eat anything that previously had a head (fish, chicken, turkey, beef, etc…) and that was grown from the earth (fruits and vegetables). Remember quality matters a little more than quantity.
4. Fitness: weight lifting is the gold standard for building muscle and getting rid of unwanted body fat. Become familiar, practice, and then progress the fundamental movements patterns: Lunge, Hinge, Squat, Push, Pull, Carry. Sprinkle in some running or interval training if you would like and you’re good to go.