Are You A Workout Plan Whore?

November 08, 2013

“The muscles are always bigger on the other side of the gym.”

One particular habit will stunt your growth more than laziness and eating sugar bombs combined.

It will force you lose out on the benefit of sustained continued effort.

What is this debilitating problem?

Being a Workout Plan Whore.

What the heck is that?

It is something we all do. We see amazing before and after pictures or see a beast in the park and think, “Dang! I want to look like that!”

You investigate to find the exact workout plan he follows and decide to give it a try. A few weeks into the plan you come across another inspiring calisthenic master and are blown away! “Wow! Wish I could do that. I wonder what workout plan they follow.

Instead of doing your prescribed workout for the night you tell yourself the lie that you are actually making more progress by not working out because you are learning a new, better, faster way of building muscle. “This will definitely give me the six pack that I’ve always wanted!

Two wasted hours later you have a new workout plan and are ready to start next Monday. Hoorah! I’m finally on the road to true growth! Right?

Wrong… dead wrong.

This is what author Paul Wade says about this phenomenon in his “Convict Conditioning 2” book,

You know the biggest training mistake most wannabe tough guys make? They’re fickle. They flip from one method to another; they change systems; they drop what they’re doing when the next tool or technology busts out. Constantly switching goals and approaches like this is training suicide. Some of the most incredible athletes in the world are those inmates who train alone, in their cells. It’s not because they are genetically gifted compared to you are me. It’s not because they have access to world class coaching. And it’s sure as hell not because they have cutting edge nutritional programs or supplements. These guys become the best because they are-literally-locked in to one method of training.

The Major Problem With Having An Affair With Your Workout Plan

Einstein once declared that compound interest was one of the most powerful forces in the universe. I would like to adjust Einstein’s thought a bit and suggest that “compound workouts” are just as powerful.

When you consistently stick to your workout plan you will see results. The picture above is taken from a book written by Seth Godin called, “The Dip“. The Dip is a period of time when you aren’t going to see results in your endeavor. You may get frustrated and the frustration could last for a few days or weeks. However, it is critical that you make it past the dip because real, significant change is just beyond it.

If you are frequently changing workout plans you will never see real change. You’ll experience that first little hump of growth because you are stimulating your body in new ways. Yet no long term growth will occur.

But What If My Plan Isn’t Giving Me Results?

I am currently trying to improve my handstand ability and working my way through Parallettes 2 by Gold Medal Bodies. After several weeks I got frustrated because my unsupported handstand time was not increasing.

I thought that maybe my technique was wrong. So I researched different techniques and tried them all. Still no improvement. I put the handstand away for awhile and only recently picked it up again when I started our Online Calisthenics Club. After a few solid, consistent weeks of doing 1hr of handstand work each and EVERY day I broke the 60 second mark!

Yippee!!

You may not see results right away. It could take weeks or even months before you see changes in your physique or ability.

Does that concern you?

Why should it?

Time is going to pass anyway. Why not put in the work and the patience to see change?

I frequently get an email that reads, “Todd, I need to get cut (big, jacked, lean, whatever) fast. Which workout plan will help me do this?”

Argh!

I can almost guarantee that even if a workout existed where this person would be totally transformed in one month they would not complete it because they would give it up before the one month mark.

Are You A Workout Plan Whore?

I have created some criteria to help you judge if you are a workout plan whore. If you answer yes to any of these questions than either you are or could easily be one at any time. Don’t worry though because I have a simple solution for you that you’ll learn below.

The Whore Checklist:

-Have you abandoned your workout plan in the last 3-6 months because you saw one that was “better”?

-Do you frequently check out fitness sales pages in search of the latest “research” for this technique or that technique?

-Have you typed the words “Workout Plan” in Google more than 3 or 4 times in the last year?

-Are you confused on exactly what you are trying to achieve with your current workout plan? Will it help you build muscle mass, improve your calisthenic trick ability, lose fat?

If you answered “yes” to any of these questions you might be a workout plan whore. But don’t worry. You can be helped. You are not doomed to spinning your wheels forever and wasting your money on the latest fitness ebook.

How To Get Fidelity Back Into Fitness

Fidelity is faithfulness to a person, cause, or belief, demonstrated by continuing loyalty and support. It is one the most lacking elements of fitness.

What is the secret to fidelity in fitness?

***Belief.***

You must believe that your current plan is working.

Cover up the mirrors

Throw away the scales.

Burn the tape measures.

Believe that your consistent action will produce your desired outcome. Use the power of your mind to visualize the end.

If you truly believe that your current path will get you to the end don’t distract yourself with other options.

See your plan to the end.

Have faith my friend in the plan you are following.

Don’t be a workout plan whore.

-Todd

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  1. Eric

    Thanks Todd. Up until a couple of weeks ago I was a workout plan whore. I do a 5 day a week tabata routine with 3 days of dumbbells and two days of bodyweight exercises. Time and patience is the key. Thanks for this article.

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    • Todd Kuslikis

      For sure Eric. Yes, time and patience ARE key!!

      Reply
      • Eric

        Hey, Todd, every time I feel like I need to change my workout plan I always come back to this article, and Elliot Hulse’s video about sticking with a workout plan for a year. Right now for the past couple of months for the purpose of better strength gains, I’ve been doing Justin Devonshire’s 21 Day Muscle Program. You’re right consistence pays off.
        I’ve gotten stronger and in better shape through the program. You guys rock here in the online workout community. I disagree with the notion low weights high reps build puffy muscle especially when you’re using HIIT.

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  2. Vincent

    Great post Todd, this is so true. Keep up the good work!

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  3. old dave

    I think this article was written solely for me! It has hit the nail on the head, I let life get in the way of training and look for the negatives in any of the programmes I do, time has come to do something about it,

    Reply
    • Todd Kuslikis

      Glad you like it Old Dave! 🙂

      Reply
  4. Bill

    Todd,

    Great advice. I am in the process of switching my workout routines but not for the reasons sited above. I am going to do the Starting Strength program because I WANT to workout with barbells and hopefully develop some ability to lift HEAVY weight. I have never done this before and I really want to try this approach. Currently I am using Max Workouts by Shin Ohtake… great program! But after doing this for over 1 year, I NEED a change.

    Just thought I’d point out that it is ok to change your goals and direction so long as it is for valid reasons.

    By the way, I have used your material (as well as others) to supplement the MW program in the past and it has worked out well. Keep up the good work!

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    • Todd Kuslikis

      Hey Bill,

      I totally agree. If your goals change than it IS ok to switch up the plan. I know I wasn’t always into doing calisthenic tricks but after seeing people like Hannibal for King and others I adopted plans that would help me achieve those goals.

      Good luck with your new program!
      Todd

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  5. Randy

    You have hit my nail on the head!! I am such a W—- that I spend more time looking for and at workout plans than actually work out!! Time to make a stand and “just do it”.

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    • Todd Kuslikis

      Yes, follow Nike! Just do it. Time to knock it out of the park Randy!

      Reply
  6. Dennis Habern

    Can anyone out there assist me in developing a diet plan that will yield 4000 calories

    on a daily basis. I am willing to to the work in the gym, but require guidance as far as

    my nutritional plan is concerned.

    I can be contacted: dennishabern@hotmail.com

    Thank you.

    Sincerely,

    Dennis Habern

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    • Todd Kuslikis

      Hey Dennis,

      Send me an email and I’ll give you some general advise. 🙂

      Todd

      Reply
  7. Joe

    Great read!! Just what I needed.
    Thanks

    Reply
    • Todd Kuslikis

      Awesome Joe! Hope it helps!

      Reply
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