Great question came in yesterday about ‘feeling stuck’ or being stuck in terms of results with your fitness routine. My response to follow:
Thanx for all of your supportive and motivational emails. They are really very helpful. It has been almost a month i started Royal Court. I started with 20-25 hindu pushups, 50 hindu squats and a bridge for 10-12 seconds. After one month of practice, I am still on the same figures and cannot advance. Am i going in the right direction? Please give advice and guide. I am a smoker too. Does it have to do anything with my progress?
MJF: A.S. thanks for your email. Your question is a common one and has many answers, depending on how long you’ve been training and what your condition is. Yet, I’ll answer in a way that will provide valuable advice for ALL – regardless of level. First, there will always be plateaus when it comes to improving. There will always be sticking points. At least 50% of the time you don’t worry about them. You simply enjoy your training and focus.
Second, if you have a specific result in mind BEFORE you train, you can dramatically increase the speed in which you break through a plateau that is mostly mental. And being that you are a beginner, I believe your sticking point is mostly in your imagination. To break through it you determine a number of reps you want to do, or a time you want to hit.
Start with something simple rather than gargantuan. For example, set a target for 27 Hindu pushups, 55 Hindu squats and a 20 second back bridge. Think about this target during the day BEFORE you train. Imagine yourself already there. And when you begin training, add some desire and a ‘get tough’ spirit into the mix and you’ll shatter your old marks in record time.
I’ve seen this advice become reality so often, in my own life as well as those I coach, that you’d think I’d get bored with telling you this. But I’m not.
As a martial artist, when I went to practice with a target for the day, I did FAR better than when I just went to practice.
As a businessman, same thing.
As a writer, same thing. In fact, for years I’ve told my students to write four pages per day – or 2,000 words. Last year I decided to do 8,000 in one day – just for the hell of it. And I did so. A couple weeks later, I set a target to do 12,000 words in a day – and I did that.
So, universally, across the board, what I’m telling you hear may be the most important thing you ever hear about success. It begins and ends in your imagination.
Yet, most people never really learn how to tap into the power of their imagination. Even if they set goals they end up frustrated because they can’t imagine themselves accomplishing them.
My recommendation for breaking through the barrier is practical, sound and powerful. Yet, if I were YOU, I would enhance to the fullest by getting the world famous Zero Resistance Living Program. It will not only help you achieve your ‘want to’ targets – but it will also help you blast through your ‘don’t want to’ bad habits, i.e. smoking.
It’s easier to stop than you think. I imagine you brought the subject up for more reasons than you may have thought. It’ll be cool seeing how quickly you can kick that habit in the bud.