In my last post I explained, what I think, are two principles where most of us make major mistakes while training for an event or a race. Most of these mistakes are due to applying inappropriate methods (the principle of variation/adaptation) or doing too much or not enough (the principle of progressive overload) to progress at an appropriate rate/pace.

This post will deal with two principles which test our mental strength.

6. Principle of Consistency states that in order to achieve a specific goal one needs to work on that goal on a consistent level day in and day out. There will be times where we will question ourselves or our coaches if the plan is working (due to sub par performance or a bad workout), but when you look at successful people and compare them to others, you would realize that one of the things they have in common, that other individuals don’t, is consistency. They are out there putting in time, doing what ever needs to be done, day in and day out, in order to do their best.

Here is an interesting example on how consistency beats “sub-par” consistency:

A single penny doubled every day for 31 days results in a whopping $10,737,418.24.
A single penny doubled every other day for 31 days yields just $163.84.
That’s less than 1/100th of 1% of the ten million you would get if you doubled it every day!

I know that training for a race, a power lifting meet, weight loss, or even a bodybuilding competition may not work exactly like this example, but it is very similar in nature. You’ll never come across a good runner, power lifter or even a body builder who trains once every few days, takes few weeks off, eats what ever he/she wants and performs well. It just does not work that way.

7. Principle of Reversibility states that when training is absent (more than 2 weeks) we lose some of the gains we made while training. The longer we go without consistent training the more gains we lose. Some people simply call this the “Use it or Lose it” principle.
We all have experienced this one. If you are forced to take some time off from training due to illness, injury or busy life schedule you remember how hard it was coming back and you do not just pick up where you left off.

So there you have it.
Understanding and applying all 7 of the principles, I discussed in these articles, will help you get the maximum benefit from training and help you achieve your goals at a faster rate than if you use the “hit or a miss” approach used by many unsuccessful and/or frustrated individuals.