Progress + Accountability = Results
We all have a method of accountability. Whether it be by journalling, setting a mark to achieve or just monitor progress on a scale, tape measure, bio-metrics, even clothes fitting. This is a performance based results and measure, which actually side steps certain factors such as how much weight you want to shed. When your goal is performance based, you tend to ignore the weight loss in favor of building muscle and increasing strength or mobility. You build on how many pushups or burpees you can do, run that extra kilometer, or lap at the pool. We see it here at TF, 32 burpees in 1 minute (Go Craig Harding), prowler 140kg and do it every time (Go Muscles Teresa) and you improve from there ‘No Steps Back’
I’m a volume trainer. I actually count how many reps I do on a weight exercise and add them all up at the end of the day/week/year. And I also count my training days for the year. The basic idea with counting training days is the higher you can achieve by 3, 6 or 12 months, not only does it reinforce your commitment, resolve to achieve and build confidence, it also changes your body to adapt and improve. It changes your thinking to supporting your goals (eating, food choices etc) instead of sabotaging them. And of course, your body changes shape in response to your physical demand based on frequency. The more days you train per week, the more your body adapts to the training.
In 2018 I set daily goals in lifting weight and a yearly summary of achieving 50% training days (or train every 2nd day) and I got 186 training days. In 2019 I set to break that and achieved 202 days. I also achieved a total weight lifted, but you can ask me about that when you see me. In 2020 I have set 50 training days to be completed before March 31st (3 months) then I’ll set the next 3 calendar months again. Overall, looking to break that 200 mark once again. I’ve also invited one other TF member along to do the same and made it one of my, and their goal. Come along for the climb. Remember, my philosophy is climbing a mountain that has no summit.
Much more goes on and may develop for you when you embark on something like this. What you develop is a sense that you ‘want’ to do this…not that you ‘have’ to do this. Consciously begin to choose objectives that challenge your habit that reap rewards.
– Coach Stephen Mantovani