As I was training some of our fat loss clients this morning, I was reminded of the Kaizen principle. Essentially, the Kaizen principle states that your goal should focus on small, consistent gains over an extended period of time to achieve long-term and lasting results.
With regards to weight loss, it doesn’t sound sexy to only lose 1-2 pounds per week. But step back and think about that over the course of 3 months (12 weeks). That could constitute 12-24 pounds of weight loss! Don’t you think you’d feel a lot different having shed 12 pounds of excess body weight, let alone 24?
The same principle applies to strength as well. You see tons of programs that espouse “Put 40 pounds on your bench in one month.” It sounds great, but it rarely happens.
In contrast, what if you only improved your bench press by 1 pound per week over the course of the next year? It amounts to a 50# increase! This could be going from 175 to 225, or 250 to 300; either way, that’s some serious progress!
It’s not sexy, but the Kaizen principle is damn effective. Learn to dedicate yourself in the long-term and you’ll reap the benefits of consistent health, well-being and longevity.