The 80/20 rule...

Let's face it, getting in shape is not easy.  Whether we are trying to lose a few pounds, build more muscle or run a marathon we’re going to have to work hard and understand we will have good days and bad days.  Some days we’ll feel like we can conquer the world and other days the world is beating down on us.  I’ve seen so may people especially those new to fitness give it their all, 100% only to last a couple of weeks, if not days.  Why do they only last a short period of time?  Well more than likely they haven’t adopted fitness as a lifestyle or even pace themselves as they embark on this fitness journey.  So what happens next? They burn themselves out faster than they ignited the flame.  This happens when you over commit by setting your goals too high.  They miss a workout here and there, have a bad food day and just like that the flame has gone cold. 

This is where my 80/20 rule comes into play.  Its simple, you commit 80% of the time and leave the 20% for the off days.  Why this works is simply because we are humans and humans are imperfect. The intent is there to be 100% at life, training and nutrition but if they miss a workout or indulge in a happy hour and wings, they feel like they’ve completely failed. That’s why I tell my clients its ok to have a glass of wine, or a cup of ice cream or even take the day off.  As long as you stick to the plan 80% of the time they’ll be successful. It works for me and it’ll work for you as well.

Derrick the trainer