22 May Why You Need To Water Your Own Grass
We’re all now living in an age of instant gratification where we’re in a perpetual state of chasing the next dopamine hit.
Whether it’s the next Facebook status update, the next text, the next email in our inbox, the next relationship, the next car, the next diet, the next training program…
It doesn’t matter. It’s all the same. We’re all looking for the ‘next’ in our lives.
Dopamine is a brain chemical that anticipates reward. As modern society has hardwired us to chase this dopamine dragon, our ability to enjoy and cherish the reward has diminished.
Instead, the reward promised is falling out of our hands just as we think we have it, so we need to catch another reward quickly to replace the looming void.
This leads to a never-ending cycle, and all we end up doing is spinning our wheels.
I see it daily across all walks of life. Searching for that new idea in business. Swiping on an app to find a new partner. Buying the latest gadget. And most relevant to this article – searching for the ‘secret’ training and diet plan that’ll ‘suddenly’ take your physique to the next level.
Every time I’m asked what the number one mistake, myth or lie in body transformation is, my answer is the same every time:
Diet, training, cardio, mindset hacks, you name it. Jumping from one program to another in search for greener grass is the biggest issue holding you back.
All of us at RNT have fallen for this many times. We’ve made these mistakes ourselves.
That’s why over the past year, we’ve written articles, filmed videos, recorded podcasts, created infographics… any media you can think of, we’ve used it to talk about this.
The bottom line?
People always think the grass is greener on the other side, instead of watering their own.
I finally realised the power of this with my own training back in 2014, but didn’t transfer this to my clients until 2015-2016.
Up till then, I was still suckered into the ‘4 week rule’ most personal trainers are guilty of.
It’s addictive. You change the program, and the first few weeks when you’re in the learning stage, the improvements come rapidly.
But it’s fake progress. It’s just your body improving its motor learning, coordination and neurological patterning.
It wasn’t until I trained Mitesh that I started to change my ways.
I distinctly remember seeing him make progress each week for months on end before asking myself ‘when did I last change his program?’
I checked my files and it’d been 16 weeks.
But he was still getting stronger. Still building muscle, and still getting leaner.
It was working like a charm, and his results speak for themselves.
After seeing this work with Mitesh, I decided to try extending my client programs from the typical 4 to 6 weeks, to 8 to 12 weeks.
Two of my clients, both called Tom (the second Tom can be seen later…), were some of the first to test-drive this. They’d been used to switching programs every 4 to 6 weeks, and so at first, this took some getting used to.
But the next thing you know, they’re both smashing PRs out the park and making more progress than before.
The same happened with Salman, the classic ‘program hopping skinny hard gainer’.
It wasn’t until he committed to following one plan and understood the need for patience that he was able to pack on over 25kg of muscle over the course of 3 years.
I’ve written extensively on why this works before, and you can read the article ‘The Number One Training Myth’, here.
This doesn’t just apply to training too. Jumping from diet to diet is another epidemic.
Ask Courtney and Rashid.
Courtney’s tried just about every diet protocol on the market. She’d try one plan for one month, plateau a little, get bored, and then jump on another.
Each time she’d try a new program, she’d experience the surge in dopamine that comes from the fast initial results every program offers.
Rashid was exactly the same. He’d be influenced by different websites, magazines and social media gurus and change course every few weeks in search of the magic bullet to turbocharge his results.
Despite thinking he was eating and training well, the lack of consistent stimulus meant he wasn’t seeing any results for his efforts.
It was only when they both doubled down on one thing, and focused purely on executing one plan with ruthless consistency, did they achieve the results they set out for.
These examples are just a few. Nearly all of our clients come to us at RNT for the same reason. They’re fed up of looking around for greener grass. They want the tools to water their own lawn. And they want to be held accountable for it.
That’s the power of 1-1 personalised coaching, and why we churn out so many results at RNT.
We remove all the dopamine searches, all the guesswork, and stop all the ‘paralysis by analysis’ so many of you suffer from.
You no longer need to agonise over whether you should train chest with back or shoulders.
You don’t need to be tempted to try the latest ‘add an inch to your arms in 30 days’ workout in Men’s Fitness.
You can finally stop obsessing over whether you should squat or leg press to build better thighs.
No more searching for greener grass.
We take all the thinking out.
We personalise everything to you, and allow you to focus solely on ‘watering your own lawn’.
When you combine this singular focus with consistency, accountability and hard work, you’ve got the secret sauce for results.
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