One thing that I have been guilty of in the past is not sticking to the plan. I would decide on a training program and train in this way for a week or two, and then read some other idea and migrate to this new way of training… and then, a few weeks later, hear of yet another great way to train to get some fast results and start to follow this…
This is not a great way to train. In my opinion, the best thing you can do is to research a sound training plan and stick to this for at least 8 — 10 weeks. You will then benefit from the “compound effect,” and know (for future reference) what you will gain from any particular method of training.
This is important to me as I am very aware that different people will react differently to different training methods. In my experience, it is very easy to stray from the path, especially if you are researching and looking into training for the first time or do not have direct guidance.
The fitness industry is extremely large and there are many different opinions and training methods out there; it can get very confusing!
My advice is to find someone whose methods make sense to you. It is also a good idea to follow someone who has achieved the results that you are after and to take advice only from them at first. This will give you a good foundation to work from.
With a good foundation like this, you can start to add bits and pieces of somebody else’s ideas or methods as you go. I also think that it is important to only change one variable at a time. For example, if you change your diet, you should keep your training the same.
In my experience, by sticking to the plan, you will get far better results than chopping and changing things every few weeks. You will also learn very valuable lessons on how your body will react to certain types of training.