Consistency Builds Confidence - Major Ed's Journal

January 2016 - Journal Entry by Major Ed Arntson - US Army Ranger

How consistent are you in your training?

Do you set goals and work hard to achieve them - training consistently to ensure success? Or set goals and head to the gym or the track a few times per week ‘hoping’ that your half-hearted efforts will pay off?

I think most people have probably experienced both in their athletic careers, either playing a ball and stick sport, or just as a regular, ol’ fashioned gym rat.

Recently my wife, Tracy, wrote about the success she had training for and competing in her first Fitness Competition. The key to her training, aside from programming and diet, was undoubtedly her consistency. She knew that if she did not train hard from Weeks 1-4, that she wouldn’t be where she needed to be in Weeks 11 and 12. Consistency. Day after day, week after week, month after month - consistent. Tired, dragging, sluggish - eh, eh - consistent. Go every day. Train every day with the end state in mind.  BTW, you can check out that article HERE.

When I trained for and competed in the 2011 Best Ranger Competition, a former winner told my partner and me that if we trained right, the competition would feel easy. He was spot on. The key to that training - consistency.

Now there’s some of you out there going - well, duh…consistency, yeah, got it…

My point is that I think a lot of folks out there think there are quick short cuts to your end state - to your goal. Now some of that depends on your goal. Your goal may be to lose 10 pounds in 3 months - a relatively easy goal by most standards that could be easily achieved with modest dietary and exercise changes. Even that goal requires consistency.

What if your goal is more lofty? Say - to run a marathon? Or even more ambitious - complete an Ironman triathlon? Improve your 10k time by 2-3 minutes?

Even the most sophisticated programming in the world won’t save a tepid, half-hearted effort in the gym or on the road. Consistency, a sub-component of mental fitness, is key.

I’m even being consistent in how much I write consistent in this journal entry. Now that’s consistency.

Here’s an example. I normally score 300 on my Army Physical Fitness Tests (APFTs), but a few weeks ago I scored a 295. Now don’t get me wrong - a 295 is still well above average and I am still in good overall shape - but it wasn’t a 300. Why? Consistency.

Travel, an overloaded work schedule and other factors in my professional life prevented the type of training that I like to put in before an APFT to ensure the type of performance that I want to have. I went to the start line of the run ‘hoping’ I’d have the pace necessary dialed up to run what I needed to ‘max’ the run on the APFT. I didn’t. I was off by 25-30 seconds. Why? Consistency. I didn’t put in the type of work required to max my run. I wasn’t consistent and it hurt me.

When you show up to the start line, you can’t fake the last 2-3 months of work…you can’t take a pill and magically be ready (although, you have to admit - that would be nice sometimes).

I hope over the holiday season you stayed consistent with your training. Kept running, lifting, biking, swimming - whatever you were able to do - if for no other reason than to work off all the Christmas cookies. Heck - that’s what I did. I’m still working my butt off in the gym to stay in shape - but also keep OFF all of the unwanted Holiday gain.  Now that the Holidays are over I can attack my new program - AND at the same weight that I started my Holiday leave on!

Here's to an epic new year, this 2016!

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