Mrs Polleys Blog - Progress doesn't happen on its own Posted on 14 Oct 10:07 , 0 comments

I sometimes get asked about my training – how often do I train, what do I do, how heavy, how many reps etc. etc.  I used to do my own program, but I find it much less stressful to let somebody else take care of it for me.  I have little knowledge about how to address weakness and how to peak for comps, so it’s my best option really!  I get a training programme sent to me each week (knowing the end of the training program at the beginning scares the hell out of me and puts negative thoughts into my head straight away).  The program addresses my weak points, there is a lot of volume to start that decreases as the weight increases, all the usual stuff but done very cleverly by a very clever guy.   

Then what happens is this - I follow the plan.  

I’ve noticed this to be where most people struggle, there is no magic pill, and there are no short cuts.  It’s damn hard work that’s all!  

I’m not often ill, but when I am I do it with style, I was ill this week.  I still trained as soon as I was able to.  The plan was adjusted to take my health into account, I condensed the training down reducing the amount of assistance work.  I trained squat first as it’s my weakest lift, and you know what, it really hurt but I did it.  Next week, I will complete all the work that was due this week – see, the work still has to be done.

My point is this, if it was easy everybody would do it.  Getting over the whole mental battle of going to train gets easier if you don’t allow yourself excuses – I, like many, don’t have time to go to the gym but the difference is I make time to go.  When you arrive at the gym and you’re not feeling it, only you can make the session count, there’s no point mucking about because you’re not going to get the results you want.

I’m not after a medal or congratulation for being a martyr and putting the work in, I (mostly) love to train!  But just know that the reason for my progress is mostly down to hard work, all programs work if you follow them consistently, but you already knew that didn’t you. ☺