“Progression: the process of developing or moving gradually towards a more advanced state”
My fitness journey has been a long one. I made the decision to live a fit and healthy lifestyle about six years ago and have gradually made that decision a reality. It took time to change many years of eating whatever I wanted and to scoff at the idea of working out. I stumbled many times and had to start over and many many times thought of giving up because the process was too hard, but with perseverance and motivation, I stayed steadfast and kept moving forward with my journey.
I remember the first workout program I ever did, it was the Jillian Michaels Last Chance Workout. I was a big fan of the Biggest Loser TV show at the time and when I realized there was a DVD for the Last Chance Workout that I could so from the comfort of my home, I jumped at the chance to try it out. The workout required weights so I went to the sporting goods store and purchased two 1 lb weights and two 2 lbs weights and the very next afternoon after work I started the program. Now keep in mind that I had never worked out with weights before so this was all new to me. The first move that involved weights I decided to try out my 2 lbs weights first, you know, start of strong. Well, let’s just say that by the end of that set I had to switch to my 1 lb weights.
Thinking back to that moment now, I have to laugh at myself because, I mean seriously, 1 and 2 lbs weights…wow! In any event, I kept going with the program and eventually those “heavy” 2 lbs weights became too light for me so I moved on to 5 lbs weights. I was so proud of myself the day I completed the entire workout with those weights but boy my arms didn’t let me hear the end of that decision for the next three days! This was also around the same time when I couldn’t do a push up to save my life and if you’ve read previous blogs then you know how I persevered through that hurdle.
I have come a long way since that day so many years ago when I thought 1 and 2 lbs weights were the heaviest I could do. I can now use up to 20 lbs weights depending on the workout and now I marvel on how far I’ve come. I talk about progression a lot because in my opinion, progression is very very important in life and also when working out. Without progression, there’s no improvement. Without progression, you never move forward and you remain where you started and even if you do see the results of your hard work, it takes a while for the results to be seen. Without progression, you tend to lose motivation and feel that you can never do more than what you are doing now.
I ensure that I have progression in every workout program I do. Even if I am doing a program that basically repeats the same workout everyday for three weeks, I take the initiative and add progression by including weights or increasing weights or doing the move faster than I did the day before, this way I meet my personal goal for progression.
Progression is important! I challenge you to make progression part of your fitness journey, you will be pleasantly surprised at the results!