By Mark Wood
That one training session you did today may not seem like it did much, but it’s the step towards the goal.
It’s amazing how high we set our sights. We look at pictures of athletes, instagram models and even our friends and see things we want to be.
People often ask how they can get a six pack, how they can win an obstacle race, or even how they can look incredible on their wedding day.
My answer is…
1 > 0
When you look at the photos of your motivation, the pictures of models in wedding dresses or watch the CrossFit games on ESPN, it’s easy to forget the steps taken to get where they are.
There were hundreds of training sessions, thousands of healthy meals, plenty of slip-ups and many workouts that didn’t feel right.
If we could hit these goals in one training session, every single person would do it. That’s where you have to see that…
1 > 0
You cannot fast track, cheat or scheme your way into fitness. It takes hard work, consistency and giving up some things because you want those goals more than anything in the world.
I always laugh when people ridicule others for working hard towards their fitness goals. Like what they are doing is so ridiculous for investing their effort into something making them better.
I can’t tell you how many people I’ve seen stop exercising because they compare themselves to other people. They think, “I can’t lift as much as them”. Yet they fail to see that those people have worked their asses off to get there. I’ve seen people fall off eating healthy because they had one bad meal. One bad meal doesn’t take away from all the hard work you’ve done.
That one training session you did today may not seem like it did much, but it’s the step towards the goal. Just because you don’t see fast weight-loss or slabs of muscle being packed on it doesn’t mean you’re doing it wrong. In fact, it never works that way.
How do you get a six pack?
It’s a culmination of the process. Training hard, eating well, and doing things that most people just won’t do. It’s sacrificing watching a TV show, heading to the pub or sleeping in because that’s what it takes. It’s doing those training sessions early on when it seems like you’ll never get there. You will get there, as long as you do the work.
So where do you start? The key, isn’t about how or where, it’s about doing. Taking the first step and continuing to move forward and grinding away so you can be closer to your goals.