I have always had a short attention span with my training plans. A couple of years ago I actually managed to follow a plan for fifteen months. The first twelve months were focused on strength training and then I placed an emphasis on conditioning for the next three months as I prepped for the Murph Challenge last Memorial Day. Due to the success I had with the Murph Challenge I continued with the program after Memorial Day throughout the summer. Last fall I was once again all over the place with my training. Some of that was due to experimenting with different modalities but some of it was caused by injuries that kept me from being as focused as I wanted to be and caused me to have to work around injuries to my back and shoulders. As I healed and started to feel better earlier this year I went back to follow the same routine that I had utilized last year to prep for the Murph Challenge. In spite of seeing results and getting back to a good fitness level I decided a few weeks ago to switch up my training. There were multiple reasons but one of the biggest was that I had done that program so many times that it was feeling stale to me. Due to feeling physically as good as I had in a long time the staleness was holding me back and keeping me from getting where I wanted to be and this was proving frustrating.
Being on the new training plan for about three weeks now has been eye opening to me. I felt that I was in pretty good shape after around three months on a strength and conditioning program that has always put me into my best condition. Upon switching to this new program I discovered that I was not in as good of shape as I thought. And this is where I realized that I need to continually challenge myself by switching up my routine and trying new training programs. Even though for me the proven program was still producing results I don’t feel I was pushing myself as hard as I should have been due to my familiarity with it. I was only working to my previous capabilities and not pushing myself beyond it. For me personally my best results come when I have a new program which pushes me and is new and fresh or if I am training for a specific goal with a deadline.
For the first time in my life I am now following a subscription based program. It has been fun to try new things and to constantly be changing things up. I have been excited each week to receive the new programming and look forward to seeing the results after I have been with this program for a few months. Hopefully it will keep me motivated and help me to keep producing results.