Risks in your training, do you take them?
It’s not unusual for people to refuse a suggested tweak of change because of the following reasons:
– The truly enjoy their current training
– Fear of regression
– Your answer wasn’t the one their bias was looking for
In the case of the first point I’ve know a few people that literally train because they enjoy it.
There is no goal.
No overarching need or desire to add slabs of muscle, build endless strength and improve mobility, it’s acutely quite refreshing.
These are rare people though.
It’s often easy to see behind the eyes of those that claim this as their answer while in reality they do want more results.
That leads into the second answer.
When stagnation in training happens, mentally this can be very frustration.
As such some will create the smoke screen of training for enjoyment, being happy etc, because they got to let us say point C with their current training, and there is a crippling fear that if they deviate from it they will lose what they have.
As such these people often add on extra training to what they’re currently doing.
This impacts recovery, lowers performance and basically causes more issues than it solves.
Feeling as if you’re putting in a solid effort consistently to have little to no more rewards is very disheartening for a lot of people.
The the fear of going backwards by not doing the heavy about they’re doing takes hold (often with cardio enthusiasts, or people that attend classes).
Once this gets engrained they will ask people for advice.
Not directly though, it’s along the lines of:
“I love my training and feel there is no need to change it because it’s working (it’s really not), but if you’ve got any tips you think my help I’m all ears.”
^ Or something alone these lines.
Essentially they’re asking a broad question in the hope of getting a very specific answer.
Unless your answer fits their bias, they will ignore it or make up some reason/excuse why it isn’t applicable to them.
Simply because it’s just not what they wanted to hear.
A lot of us have been in one or all three of the above stages at some point in our lives.
I know full well I have, at least for number three anyway.
Seeking the perfect answer with an imperfect question.
All I found was frustration because I didn’t know what I was really trying to ask, or that’s what I told myself, whereas in reality the fear of gaining excessive body fat to gain muscle just freaked me out.
Plus I also enjoyed a very specific stye of training too.
This didn’t fall inline with the imposed goal of the culture I was surrounded by, hence the conflict.
Knowing the above will help you in taking a risk.
Changing your nutrition style completely.
Adopting an entirely new training philosophy.
Leaving behind the way you were to become someone new.
When presented with the chance to remain the same or change completely, always choose the option for change as that is usually the one that will keep you moving forwards in life.
From a training standpoint that is.
Give the above some thought.