When leaving a job to obtain employment elsewhere it is customary to give the boss a “two weeks notice” so they are able to make arrangements to replace you.
Some may give a week and some may actually give even longer notice depending on circumstances, but two weeks seems like a fair amount of time for all involved.
I was thinking about this concept the other day and in particular on how it can relate to training and nutrition.
People new to the lifestyle get advice from all sorts of sources.
Generally though just the fact that they change habits causes some sort of positive progress.
For instance, it is not uncommon for a young male to gain fifteen or twenty pounds of muscle his first year or so of training regardless of his choice in programming.
For those of us that have been at it for a while the gains are much, much slower and hard fought.
While we have the advantage of experience in terms of what works for our personal situation, we most likely have extinguished most if not all of the “newbie” gains available.
Linear progress stalls and we often have to employ techniques such as periodization to keep progressing.
So, if you fall into this category I suggest you give a template, exercise, or nutritional approach at least “two weeks notice” before moving along.
It is often tempting to change things up, but real progression lies in consistent progress and squeezing all you can from a program, exercise, or nutritional plan before advancing to another.
I think this is especially true for those that are interested in trying Intermittent Fasting as a diet protocol.
Completely changing the pattern in which you eat will most likely be a shock to your system. I hear from people all the time on how they tried IF for a few days only to quit because of the huger pains.
I often tell them while IF is certainly not for everyone, just give it two weeks and see if you body can acclimate to it.
Another example is trying out a new exercise.
For instance, I remember several times trying to add upright rows into my programming.
For whatever reason, body structure etc, I just never got a feel for them and eventually decided to try other approaches.
So before you move along from that plan, exercise, or diet give it your own “two weeks notice.”