50% is an F in School,
and in Diet and Training Too
If you look at your week of workouts and you are expecting certain results, it’s important that you know what results you can realistically expect.
It’s funny, because there are certain things that provide a linear return—meaning every time you do some work, you get a specific return on that work. For example, if you have a part-time job you might get paid x number of dollars for x hours of work. When you work more, you get paid more, and when you work less you get paid less.
There are other things where you need to go beyond a certain threshold before it really starts to pay off. For example, a student in school might do half the work and receive a 50% for a grade—but 50% is still an F, just like a “0” is. You actually get the same grade for doing half the work as you receive for doing no work! It doesn’t seem fair, but it’s the way it works in the real world.
The same pattern applies to exercise. If you exercise all the muscles in your body just once a week, or perform cardio just once or twice per week, you will be doing about 50% of the work required to achieve results.
Many exercisers do some workouts but also skip some, and become frustrated because they have reached a plateau. They feel that they should be getting better results because they are putting in some work. The reality is that the payoffs become exponentially better when you do all the workouts in a smartly designed. When you only do half the work, it’s actually sad for you because even though You are putting in half the time of people who are very successful, you are still getting practically no results (like getting an “F” in school). I don’t say this to make you feel bad, I say this to motivate you to just put that little bit of extra time in to mae all that you are doing worthwhile.
The difference in time invested is even smaller when you compare an “average” result (a “C”) to and “excellent” one (an A). For example, two full-body weight training sessions per week is generally “average” results, but just one more per week, three, is “excellent.” For cardio, doing cardio three times a week is generally “average,” and four or five is “excellent.”
If you are watching your diet and have brought your calories down from say 3000 per day to 2000, that’s great, but if the 2000 maintains your weight, all you would have to do is drop just a couple hundred more and you would be losing weight. For just a little bit more effort, you would get all the results you’ve been looking for. If you have increased your protein from 80 grams per day to 100 grams, but your body really needs 120 grams, all you would need to do is increase 20 more grams and you’d get all the results.
So many people are right on the cusp of what they need to do for maximal results, yet they don’t have that extra consistency and effort required to set them apart from the rest. Don’t let this happen to you! Work just as hard at sticking to your routine as you do anything else you take seriously in your life. If you are “half-assed” with your training you will never be the best.
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