Lifestyle The Real Secret to Your Success


The real secret to success is committing to doing the work!

I looked up “fitness hacks” on google and I got 60,000,000 results back. Everything from doing pushups or squats while you wait for the kettle to boil (ok for increasing movement but nowhere enough volume to create change), to claims that working out for 20s will give you the same benefits as a full hour of training (it doesn’t, at all).

And while I get that we are hard-wired to look for shortcuts and quick fixes to get ahead for less effort, I have some bad news…

There are no shortcuts to get to where you want to be.

Whether it’s fat loss, muscle building, improving your cardio fitness or improving your flexibility, the only way to get the result you want is to forget the shortcuts and do the work.

This doesn’t mean that you have to go all-in at the deep end and try to do all the things at the highest level possible. But it does mean you are going to have to do some work.

Whether you are committing to 1 session a week or 5, going straight into tracking 7 days a week or starting out with some portion control or a more mindful eating approach, running race pace miles or starting couch to 5K, you will need to put in some level of effort.

From planning to execution, it takes effort to break out of your current habits and routines and start to build the new ones you need to make progress.

And trust me on this, because I’ve tried to find shortcuts in my own fitness. I’ve looked for the “secret” workout tips to fast forward my results. I’ve tried the fancy techniques to add 10kgs to my big lifts in one session, and multiple combinations of nutrition tips and tricks to add muscle and lean out. And let me tell you, not a single one of them outperforms spending the time and doing the work.

So forget the hacks, the real secret to success is committing to doing the work and you’ll get any result you want.

I promise.


Dave Ballantine Personal Training

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