When I first started training, I simply didn’t believe in the concept of nutrition. I never understood how the foods that you ate mattered more than the labor you put into your workouts. Unfortunately, this mindset prevented me from coming remotely close to reaching my fitness goals.
Getting in shape isn’t much different than most things worth having in life…
You will always get rewarded publicly for what you do privately.
This isn’t a bunch of theory that I’m throwing at you. This concept has been tested and proven in virtually every theater in life.
Skill vs. Talent
The disparity between skill and talent is one of the most misconstrued concepts in our society. Your talents are the innate abilities that you’re born with. Your skill is developed only when you leverage your talents with consistent work ethic.
This can be confusing to the naked eye. Some of the most prominent athletes, entrepreneurs, and political figures aren’t the ones born with the most talent. Although it may look like they are “naturals”, they have spent tens of thousands of hours developing their craft behind closed doors.
Just a few months ago, Kobe Bryant announced his retirement at the end of this season. Kobe is widely considered one of the top 5 players in the history of basketball. What most people don’t realize is his unparalleled work ethic that has lead to his eminence over the past 20 years.
During the last 2012 Olympics, the USA Men’s Basketball team began their training in Las Vegas. The night before their first scrimmage, one of the trainers got a call from Kobe Bryant…at 3:30AM.
Kobe asked if he could meet him at the gym to go over some drills. By the time the trainer rolled out of bed and arrived at the facility, Kobe was all alone on the court. He was drenched in sweat, and it wasn’t even 5:00AM yet.
For the next 90 minutes, they performed a series of dribbling and shooting drills together. Then, they did an additional 45 minutes of strength and agility exercises in the weight room. After their workout, the trainer went back to his hotel room to get some sleep. He was due back on the court for their scrimmage later that same day.
When the trainer arrived at the gym around noon, he felt lethargic and sleep deprived. All the members of Team USA were warming up, and Kobe was shooting jump shots by himself.
The trainer walked over to Kobe. This is how the conversation went:
“Good work this morning.”
“Like, the conditioning. Good work.”
“Oh yeah, thanks. I really appreciate it.”
“So when did you finish?”
“Getting your shots up. What time did you leave the facility?”
“Just now. I wanted to make 800 shots, so yeah. Just now.”
Take a quick second and let that sink in…
As you can imagine, the trainer was in absolute shock. It was almost noon, and Team USA had their first scrimmage in about an hour. Kobe had been in the gym since dawn working on his jump shot and conditioning.
Since the beginning of his career, Kobe Bryant has been compared to the likes of Michael Jordan. Just recently, Jordan has publicly stated that he’s the only player that deserves to be in that discussion.
At this point you might be asking yourself, “Kiley, what does Kobe Bryant’s work ethic have to do with my nutrition habits?”
Everything. It has everything to do with your nutrition habits.
If you want to transform your body, then you can’t just show up when it’s game time. Contrary to popular belief, your body doesn’t grow during your workouts. You merely create the demand for growth in your resistance and bodyweight training.
If you want to get a body that turns heads wherever you go, then you need to supplement your training with proper nutrition. Once I understood this concept, my body started to change drastically. Within just a month, I started to see definition in my abdominals for the first time in my life. After three months, I had a better physique than most cover models.
Fitness Is A Lifestyle, Not A Hobby
Let me preface what I’m about to say with this…
There’s nothing inherently wrong with treating fitness like a hobby. If your goal is to drop a few pounds by working out a couple of times per week, then that’s perfectly fine. Not everyone wants to maximize their genetic potential, and I respect that.
But if you want to build a toned body and six pack abs, then you need to prioritize accordingly. I’m not saying that you have to sacrifice all the enjoyment in your life to get the results you want. I’m simply saying that the work doesn’t end when you leave the gym.
Your Success Syllabus
When I was in college, I made the mistake of majoring in accounting. At the time, I didn’t have the confidence to rely on my own intuition. Deep down inside, the investment of college simply didn’t make sense to me.
Nevertheless, I confided in professors and family members that valued safety and security. They implored me to spend the next 30 years of my life working for someone else, in hopes that one magical day I could pay off my $150,000 student loan bill and watch NetFlix.
Like most people from my 8,000 person hometown, I was indoctrinated to live a dogmatic life…
Go to school, get a job, get married, have kids, get a white picket fence, pay your bills, and then die.
The expectation in my family was to become a schoolteacher. If you were really ambitious, then you would try and become an accountant. So that’s what I decided to do.
Getting a job in accounting is probably the safest thing you can do in life.
It’s also the only industry where you can become the best and still be unknown.
I remember the first accounting class that I attended vividly. The boring, mundane lecture had me falling asleep within the first 15 minutes. From that day forward, I decided to study on my own accord. I showed up on the day of the exams, and had no problem acing most of them.
On the last day of the semester, I was perplexed to receive a D- as a final grade. I went up to Professor Benjamin and insisted that he made a mistake. Unfortunately, there were no errors on his part.
He informed me that class participation was worth 40% of our entire grade. Since I only showed up for the exams, the maximum grade I could receive was a 60%. Obviously, I completely ignored this portion of the syllabus, along with everything else that Professor Benjamin had to say…
This experience made me realize that fitness has a syllabus of it’s own. If you neglect any of the components involved, it will be virtually impossible to get a lean body and six pack abs.
Your Success Syllabus
Nutrition – 60%
Exercise – 30%
Rest – 10%
Unlike most college classrooms, this isn’t a bunch of rhetoric that I’m going to test you on. After training thousands of clients, I understand the overwhelming importance of nutrition in the transformation phase.
If you aren’t prioritizing your eating habits, then you’ll be left with a maximum grade of just 40%…last I checked, that’s a failing physique. Unfortunately, this is the approach that most people take when trying to build lean muscle and burn fat.
No matter how hard you try, you simply can’t out exercise a poor diet.
Getting in shape is easy once this concept resonates with you. Before you know it, it will become natural to say no to the pizza and beer during the week.
It’s simple. When you’re presented with the temptation to indulge, you’ll no longer have to resort to willpower and motivation. If you’re training hard and eating healthy, the temporary satisfaction of pizza won’t compare to the long-term benefits of transforming your body. All of a sudden, you won’t want to relinquish the hard work you’ve been putting into your body.
Just to clarify, I’m not saying that you shouldn’t eat pizza. In fact, cheat meals are one of the best ways to increase your metabolism if you use them in moderation. What I am saying is that the vast majority of your results will come from your rituals outside of the gym.
When you combine your eating habits with a training regimen that’s conducive to your goals, you can achieve drastic results in a short amount of time. But make no mistake about it…if you neglect your nutrition, you’ll feel as if you’re running in circles.
If you want a toned body that makes others envious, then you need to be willing to put in the work. The masses are always wrong, and fitness is definitely no exception. Most people workout a couple of times per week, and are confused when they look the same each and every year.
Next time you go to your local gym, take a quick glance at everyone there. Ask yourself this question…
How many of these people looked the exact same a last year?
Before you begin your nutrition plan, you need to possess the right mindset. Stop investing in the temporary satisfaction of taste, and start valuing your strength and energy levels. I promise that if you incorporate this approach for just 2 weeks, you’ll never go back to your old eating habits again.
What are some tips that you use to eat healthy?