Much like on a Downhill course or an Enduro course there are ZERO legitimate shortcuts when it comes to losing weight and getting stronger, faster and fitter.
There are only faster, smoother, lines.
Those who look for the shortcuts will ultimately fail.
There are no ways to get as fit, strong, fast and as lean as you want to be over night. You need to put in the effort in day in, day out consistently over a long period of time.
The speed you hit your goal is the same as choosing the right line on a downhill.
Go barreling through all the roots you can, and take the widest, bumpiest line and it’s going to take longer.
This is just like trying to drink alcohol every night when losing weight.
Getting 5 hours of sleep when training every day.
Or only training once or twice a week.
Yes – you can still get to ‘the bottom’, you can still hit your goals but it’s going to take a HELL of a lot longer.
The smoother line – cutting alcohol for a short time. Eating good, home cooked – single ingredient – meals. Training 5-6 days per week with a combination of weight training and riding. Sleeping 6-8 hours is the SMOOTH line.
Note – I said smooth, not easy
Like on a downhill, taking the faster line is rarely the easiest.
Barreling through the roots straight down the mountain is often easier.
Taking the high line and picking a smooth line through isn’t but it is usually FASTER.
You have to decide :
A) What do I want to achieve?
B) How important are my goals to me?
C) How much pain, suffering and discomfort am I willing to put up with to get there?
The person who want’s ’10/10′ to get lean and super quick on the bike and is willing to put up with ANY pain, will get there fastest and reap the best results.
They are willing to go riding at 5am.
To say no over and over and over again to the pints in the pub
To stay up an extra half hour to cook healthy meals.
The less suffering you are willing to put up with the longer it will take to achieve your goals and at some point there will be a breaking point between achieving your goals – and having to give up some of your comforts.
There’s nothing wrong with wanting to put in different levels of commitment.
One of my new clients told me honestly that he’s ‘Too old to go t-total because he enjoy’s socialising on the weekend and spending time drinking with friends and family’
There’s nothing WRONG with this. We just need to get his food and training perfect the rest of the time.
He’ll still achieve his goals – it will just take longer and he won’t be able to get as good results as if he did go T-Total
This is absolutely fine. He isn’t a pro-athlete, he’s a 45+ business man who wants to have balance in his life. If this makes him happy then awesome.
It’s super important to know what you are willing to give up to achieve your goals
Be honest with yourself. Then go get it!