When it comes to being healthy, losing fat, gaining muscle, and performing well or any combination of the aforementioned, there are really only a few limiting factors that can stop you:
- Genetics: Sad to say, I’m probably not going to get picked up by the Lakers or any other professional sports team. Some people have the genetic potential to be a physical and athletic phenomenon, while others are dealt a less awesome hand to work with. Regardless, in regards to the achievement of the goals listed above, I can say I’ve never met someone who’s tapped out their genetic potential.
- Exercise: Movement matters, and the more sedentary you are on a daily basis the more it matters. People who take 10,000 steps daily are, not surprisingly, known to have lower body weights, less body fat, and improved health.In addition to the general daily activity (i.e. 10,000 steps), the quality of our movement makes a significant difference. In a study examining overweight folks and strength training for 16 weeks, those who exercised gained 3 lbs. of lean mass, lost 2 lbs. of fat, and lost 1.5% body fat compared to gaining 1 lb. of lean mass, losing 5 lbs. of fat, and .5% body fat in the control group.Unfortunately, getting people to move more often isn’t enough. Often, their real limiting factor isn’t their genes or the amount and type of exercise they engage in.
- Physiology: Truly, physiology can greatly impact you achievement of getting lean and mean. Things like thyroid hormone imbalance, gastrointestinal dysfunction, etc. all can play a mighty role in the development and maintenance of a mighty gut. However, even if diagnosed with thyroid hormone imbalance, it’s hard to single out symptom and cause. Did something cause your hormone imbalance or is your thyroid just on the fritz?On another note, I will probably never play for the Lakers or any other professional basketball league for that matter. Similarly, I won’t be asked to be a calf model for a fitness magazine any time soon. Well, unless the magazine is looking to do an article on having baby calves while still squatting like a BOSS!Maybe your physiology limits you from developing a plump ol’ badunkadunk, but those are the cards we’ve been dealt and it’s up to us to work that hand until we drop. You don’t hear me crying over my small, unimpressive, and pain-in-the-ass calves do you? =-)
Keep in mind that if it’s THAT much of an issue, you can always go down to your local body building spot and talk to some body builders about special “muscle stimulants” that may be able to help.
- Mindset: I’ve got A LOT to say here. Mindset almost shouldn’t be in this list and have a class of its own. Truly, without the right can-do attitude and the self-esteem to believe you will succeed and accept no less, nothing will happen. A client recently reminded me that belief in self is the most important aspect of one’s ability to succeed in any plan, no matter how well laid out. More on this another time.
- Nutrition: Nutrition is by far the most common factor holding people back from looking and feeling how they’d like.“Poor Nutrition ALWAYS holds clients back… Good nutrition feeds muscle and helps shed fat. It improves nearly every health marker. It drastically improves recovery and mood… [and it] will get them the body they never thought they could have – John Berardi PhDThe problem is, most people have no clue what good nutrition is, much less how to modify it for their goals. We at 181º are committed to helping folks learn just that, and in 2014 we’re going to annihilate every one of the aforementioned limiting factors better than we have ever before.
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