Don’t count on it!
Going by the title of my message at first glance you may think it has something to do with numbers or maths. Well in a way it does but it goes a lot further than this and you will soon discover why. It’s actually quite funny because I am not really a numbers person, my strengths come from my creative flair. In fact at school I was lousy at maths, but you can’t be good at everything I guess. Numbers, numbers they are everywhere and for many folk numbers tend to override the real fundamentals and foundation of the things we do and love. The fitness industry is loaded with numbers. From counting calories, grams of protein, carbs and fats. Measuring our waist lines or the size of our biceps and the amount of sets, and reps we perform during a workout. Now, this is where numbers can be deceptive, because everything looks great on paper but in many instances all those numbers do not transform into real life results from our efforts. I liken numbers to a magicians bag of tricks, most of those tricks are based on illusions. You think because you eat X amount of calories or do X amount of sets or reps you should get results. But it does not always pan out because numbers work a little like cheap tricks. You think what you are seeing looks real but it’s not! In fact your body could not care less about numbers especially when it comes to body transformation. The truth is getting obsessed with how many calories you ingest or spending hours formulating some mathematical equation on how many reps and sets you do will distract you from the true essence of what really matters. Getting into great shape is not rocket science, despite what some people may have told you. The most important key to getting amazing results from your efforts in and out of the gym is making everything you do count. And I am not referring to some fancy calculation, I am talking about applied effort. Making each rep you perform in the gym count, each mouthful of food count and anything else you do related to health and fitness. Let me give you a couple of examples. Instead of looking for some magic bullet training program focus on making every rep you perform count. Don’t just throw the weights around or fling them in a haphazard fashion. Every rep makes up a set, every set makes up an exercise and finally every exercise makes up a workout. However, the foundation of this is making EVERY rep count. Forget about the numbers. Your body is not a simple calculator that dishes out results based on mathematics. Its a complex machine that responds to applied effort. The more load you place upon a muscle over that one rep the greater the results. If each rep is sloppy, the foundation falls to pieces and so will your results. I find it quite funny when I see some novice trainers spend most of their time writing everything down in a workout diary yet their exercise form is ridiculous! This is a blatant example of workout by numbers. Neglecting the true essence of a workout.... making every rep count. Yet another example I like to stress is the deceptive concept of counting calories. Calories are a man made measure of the amount of energy in any given food item. However they DO NOT measure nutrient content, the most important element to the human body! In all honesty your body could not care less how many calories you ingest. It is built on nutrients, macro and micronutrients as they are known these days. Proteins, carbs and fats plus vitamins and minerals. The most important elements for us gym folk are proteins and essential fats. The human body is a finely tuned chemical factory that converts the food you eat into living breathing tissue..... Hopefully muscle in our case! As I said earlier your body does not give a damn about how many calories you take in. But what it does care about is the nutrient density of the food. In all reality if you want to get caught up on numbers the goal should be to ingest as few calories as you can but deliver the MOST nutrients! This way you can burn fat and build muscle at the same time. I am not going to go too deep into nutrition as I have covered this in previous issues of my magazine numerous times. The point I am trying to make is do not get caught up on deceptive numbers thinking that it will work for you. Focus on what really counts. Stop looking for some magical equation or fancy program when the answers are right before you eyes. Most often people overcomplicate a situation and end up frustrated as they drift further away from the what really works. I have seen more people throw in their fitness towel because they become stressed by all the numbers thrown at them. Stop focusing purely on numbers and focus on making everything you do count. Start from the ground up, every rep you do, every meal you consume should be based on it’s nutritional value, not its calorie content! Trust me, if you follow this simple advice you will save yourself a lot of frustration and the results will reveal themselves much faster than any magical calculation.
Yours in health and fitness
Steve Jones Editor / CEO Australian Natural Bodz