I recently asked a large group of my clients what, in their opinion, was the biggest misconception in fitness regarding achieving their fitness goals. The overwhelming majority answered “that it would be easy and fast”. 

I couldn’t help but agree. Although that broad of an answer wasn’t what was coming right to mind, it made perfect sense. When you decide it’s time to do something about your current state and improve your body and your life, you enter the online fitness world in search of information to help you get started. This is great because we live in an age where basically anything you want to know can be found on the internet. The information is there, I promise. The problem is, it is like a needle in a haystack full of sexy headlines like “add 3″ to your biceps in 2 hours!” and “Lose your belly with this recently rediscovered Aztec herb found in the jungles of Mexico!!”. You’re also being bombarded with images of physiques that are not only out of this world impressive, but they are also airbrushed to the point of perfection.

Basically, you’re being sold unrealistic results in unrealistic periods of time.

Let me just side step really quickly to say that I am completely in favour of lofty and aggressive goals. By all means shoot for the stars, be the best, and take this as far as you want to. Let’s just make sure you are realistic about the time and effort necessary to achieve these goals. This brings us back to the biggest misconception in fitness, which also happens to be the number one reason why people don’t follow through and reach their end goal in most cases. The process is slower than anticipated, the efforts are being viewed as a failure, and the goal is eventually abandoned.

Impatience is the number one reason why people are unsuccessful at reaching their fitness goals.

Anyone can train 3-5 times per week and switch from a convenience based diet to a nutritious and wholesome diet plan for a little while. But not just anyone will do it for 6 years, or 10 years, or 40 years.  So lets flip that around, in order to be positive about the whole thing. Patience is the key to accomplishing your long term fitness goals. 

Although you can make amazing progress in a matter of weeks and months, to have the physique you are ultimately shooting for will require that effort be sustained for years. In some cases many years. This isn’t meant to be disheartening, but if you were under any other impression, your success will be dependent on you re-calibrating your time frame expectations. Ever wonder why so few people ever acquire these ridiculously impressive physiques? Well, this is why. Want to create your ideal physique? Learn to love the process: take pride in your lifting and nutrition, get really comfortable in the gym and stay focused on your day-to-day execution. You need to learn to love the process. And keep going.

By Fitmo Coach, Mitch Heaslip: Mitch is going to get you into the best shape of your life! But what’s his secret? Mitch has developed solid methods that work for both men and women in losing weight and building muscle. With his very flexible approach, Mitch can tailor his methods to anyone. When it comes to building strength, muscle, and losing fat, his approach is second to none!

Learn more about Mitch, and working with him via the Fitmo app here.

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