Playing the Long Con

“Long term consistency trumps short term intensity.” With summer officially here and the mad scramble for that elusive beach body well under way, it’s important to remember that success is built over the long term. This mantra applies to pretty much all aspects of fitness. Just like a 10 day juice cleanse isn’t going to really help you lose 20 pounds, 1-2 weeks of countless sit-ups or piling on the mileage isn’t going to suddenly reveal Michelangelo’s David. These kinds of over-the-top programs are neither sustainable nor beneficial. Therefore we must look to continue to build a strong foundation in routine. Motivation will always inevitably dwindle, but by making fitness a habit, you set yourself up for long term success. Lose yourself in the routine. Embrace the grind. Enjoy the process of making yourself better every day, rep by rep, and set by set.  

Those of you who have been with us for a while now are inevitably seeing the fruits of your labor. You are stronger, you move better, you recover faster. Look through your old training logs and take a second to appreciate how far you’ve come, and then look to the future and realize there is still so much room to grow and improve. Relish in that challenge.

Those of you who are new to us, I envy you. Starting your fitness journey is an exciting time. PR’s come on a weekly basis, the movements are new, the challenges fresh. Training may seem like a daunting task sometimes, but make it a point to just show up. Build that routine and soon the extraordinary will become ordinary.

No matter where you fall along this spectrum, I’m excited to continue helping you in getting stronger every day! Just remember that strength is never a liability and always a long term pursuit.

Author: Coach Dylan Ray

Oscar Figueroa finally winning gold in his 4th Olympics and retiring.

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