As I go through and read various blogs something always strikes me. You will always see that one person (actually more than one) who has found a great plan and is going to work it hard. That plan is going to produce massive results. They start along the path for that plan. At some point I come back to their blog and the plan is completely different. They have failed to complete the original plan. Why?
Obviously everyone starts out with good intentions. They sincerely plan to complete whatever plan they are currently working. Along the way the encounter some unexpected circumstances. Their reaction to this generally causes them to change direction. There are other reasons that occur as well, but this is the most common one.
Without a doubt I am always a little disappointed when I see this going on. Everyone wants to use Adam: RTP Blog 2.0 as an example, but they miss a key point. One reason Adam is so successful is that he sticks to his plans. You rarely see him change things up midstream in a drastic way. He remains consistent and gets things done as planned. To me, this is how it is supposed to be.
I agree that at times during a plan (depending upon the length of the plan) we need to change directions a little. However, we rarely require such a drastic change that we can no longer complete our original mission. I see this problem most commonly with our training plans. We make such a drastic change that we can no longer complete the original plans. Perhaps we planned to do a 4 day split and somewhere along the line decided we needed more gym time, so we upped it to a 5 day split. There are many possible combinations of this concept, but I think you get my point. The plan gets changed to the point that it no longer even resembles the original plan.
I implore all of you to stick to your plans. Make small changes where needed, but stay the course. Your body takes time to show evidence of the changes you are putting it through. If you are continually jumping around from one plan to another you will never get the opportunity to see the changes manifest themselves. Drastic changes to a pre-made plan are a bad idea. If you planned to workout 3 days a week, stick to that plan until it is completed. There is a reason you came up with the plan in the first place. Give it a chance to work. Small adjustments can always be made as the plan progresses. Even NASA has to make some flight adjustments to be sure that a spaceship that has traveled a long way stays on target.
I am going to point to Adam: RTP Blog 2.0 as living proof that sticking to a plan works. I can also point to my M4 and state plainly that sticking to a plan works. I gained alot of muscle during that mission by sticking to my plan even when it didn't seem to make sense to me. I trusted the principles and worked them. You need to do the same.
Video Podcast Update:
My workout log:
Matty's workout log:
Week 1 of the new training plan is in the books for Matty and I. We have progressed in all of our exercises as was the plan. I am finally getting used to the deadlifts so early in the workout. They definitely make the rest of the workout harder, but it is harder in a good way. Matty managed to get up 160 lbs. x 10 on the deadlifts, matching his personal best on this exercise.
Later today was a steady state cardio session. I went for 45 minutes in an attempt to avoid adaptation by my body to the 60 minute session.
Work the plan you create or you won't ever work to the solution you seek to find.
Do you work your plans to completion or are you guilty of changing plans mid-stream? What are you going to do about it? Comment this post to answer the question.
Until tomorrow…GET BACK TO LIFTING!