As you know, if you want to get anything or anywhere in life you have to be persistent and consistent. This rule also applies to exercising and working out. Everyone wants to have the fit athletic body that they are not afraid to show off. Believe it or not you do not just wake up one day with that body (contrary to popular belief). The person who has this physique most likely kills themselves 4-6 times a week in the gym. But the factor that you overlook is the length of time they have had this routine, most of the time the answer is years. The reason behind this is the popular saying. “if you don’t use it, you lose it,” which is true when it comes to working out. Whether you are looking to lose weight or gain strength it takes dedication to get there and consistency to stay there. The reasoning behind this is that it takes your muscles two weeks to completely rebuild themselves and the muscle responds to the demands placed upon it. That is why people can see increases in strength when they just started training in two weeks. But that is also why if you take two to three weeks off, you feel much weaker and out of shape in comparison to before your break. I am not saying that if you miss one workout the world will end (contrary to popular belief). But if one workout turns into one week which turns into a month, there is a problem. So you have to understand that the results you want to receive are long term and understand the work that is going to have to go into it to get there. Bottom line is you have to be consistent with your workouts and efforts in order to get results, but more importantly you have to stay consistent in order to stay there. This does not mean you will not reach your goals, it is just they might not come as quick as you want. Its the persistence and consistency that will get there. Just stay focused on your workouts whether its for weight loss, conditioning, or strength training and you will see results. If you have any questions or comments on any of the information above please feel free to do so below. If you feel you need more direction in your workouts to get you where you want to be visit our Individualized Exercise Program section to get the help you need.