As I sit here writing this blog I have been waiting for over a week now for the birth of our second child (1 week overdue today). Waiting is not one of my strongest skills. Through this waiting period it occurred to me that health and fitness goals and aspirations take a lot of waiting as well.
Maybe you want to lose weigh, or even gain weight. Maybe you want to improve and get stronger at a certain lift, perhaps you want to become a better cyclist or runner, or maybe you are like me and you want that baby to get on with it and come out and say hi. What do all these have in common? They take time, requiring you to wait.
- If you wanted to lose 10 pounds of body fat and have that fat stay away you would typically need 5-10 weeks.
- Assuming you adjust your diet and exercise accordingly
- It usually takes our hockey players 8-12 weeks to gain 5-10 lbs of lean muscle during our off season training.
- If you are new to strength training typically the first 8 weeks of training you won't see any significant gains in lean muscle.
- Some athletes (16 years old let's say) have to wait 4 years or so to be able to make any significant gains in muscle mass (I can tell you from experience they aren't impressed with me when I tell them that some body types just won't gain weight until the right maturity level is reached).
Becoming a better cyclist or runner:
- Unfortunately this is measured in years and not weeks.
- There are many training adaptations that occur only after several years of consistent endurance training
Becoming a doctor:
- At least 7 years of schooling plus residency...
Take home message:
Anything worth having takes time. Change rarely happens overnight. You have to put in the work and stay focused on the long term vision. Health and fitness goals are achievable, but you have to be realistic with your time frame, and just like the arrival of a new baby sometimes they need just a little more time to be ready.