Strength is a Skill…

In any physical endeavour the ability to perform at your best is oftren desirable. In fact challenging yourself to hit new goals be it pull ups, press ups or any exercise is pretty much the driving force of all the programmes I write. Even for those with the goal of just looking better if you are performing better and getting stronger then you are likely to be looking a lot better!

As a coach I always highlight to my clients that being involved in the process is the key. What I mean is that turning up, giving your best and being accountable for your own success (and failure) is the name of the game. Often people get too tied up in the process of overly focussing upon the result- a coaches is job is to worry about the results because as a trainer if we don’t get them then we can get the sack and are eating beans out of a can for the next month.

When it comes to strength training and developing your physical prowess then turning up for each session, focussing upon the process of mastering your goals and maintaining the motivation over a period of time will drive you to acheive your goals. Just with anything in life it takes practice to get better- indeed this is mentioned  in the books Outliers and Talent is Overrated that one of the fundamental driving forces behind success is hard work and commitment beyone what other people give over a period of time.

So if you want to master pull ups, press ups or run an ultramarathon the key to success is turning up and consistancy over a period of time. Rarely are there short cuts to long term low body fats or a “secret” way to remove your back pain. So when you assess your training goals remember that beyond anything you are mastering a skill and to do that you have to invest time in the process, if you do this the results will happen (Of course a focussed, motivating environment with coaches who have a track record of success will also help the process as at Results FAST!)!

Published by ianmellis

Ian Mellis MSc. CSCS is the co-founder of Results FAST ( in Ware, Hertfordshire. Specialising in athletic development, physique improvement and injury rehabilitation he provides personal training, strength and conditioning and nutrition coaching for motivated exercisers and those looking to make a long term change to their health, fitness and performance.

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