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By Mike Leng

Right, it's that time of the year. Its been a few months and the numbers are starting to thin out a bit in your gym, diets are starting to loosen and enthusiasm is dropping.

I see this in my gym all the time. The best intentions start to wain and dedication starts to take a bit of a hit. It's not all doom and gloom though, there are still a few who have ‘the look’.

A person donning ‘the look’ WILL succeed. It's not a matter of ‘if’ - it's when. Nothing will deter this person. Not bad weather, social events, unsupportive people, injuries or a meteor striking the earth. This person will be in the gym rain or shine. This trait isn’t reserved for anyone. Everyone can gain or get back this level of determination. All it takes is realising how much you really want it, because that is all it is really, how much YOU want it.

This article is for those people. A quick set of tips to help them stay on the path that will give them more than any TV show, computer game, drink or drugs. Ask anyone who achieves something with their body and they will tell you that you can't stop that drive spilling over into other parts of your life. Whether it's being better at your job, a better parent or partner to making your dreams a reality. Yes, it is that powerful.

Ok, so tips;

1) Make small changes. Trying to do everything at once is just a recipe for failure. Make one change a week and stick with it. Whether it be small changes to your diet or adding in some stretching and mobility work, small changes turn into habits.

2) Try new things. Whether it's a new food or a new exercise, variety is the spice of life and keeps things interesting.

3) Learn stuff. I highly recommend racking people's heads who know more than you. You will find bits of real world information that you will not find from an internet forum guru. Also, read stuff!

4) Music. Find tracks that motivate you and use them. Trying to break a squat PR or doing hard sparring to Steps or any X Factor stuff just isn’t going to cut it. Get angry, psyched or whatever emotion works for you. Music focuses people. Be a focused person.

5) Enjoy it. You remember enjoying training right? There is no point training if you aren’t loving it. Even if your mate has recommended the best program since someone hit a bag or picked up a weight, if you don’t like it you’re not going to do it.

6) Eat to support your goals, don’t train to support your eating habits.

7) While we are on the subject, learn how to cook. Making interesting, good quality food that tastes nice will make a massive difference to your training and results.

Those are some basic quick tips that may help you get back on track. If not, well, only you can do it at the end of the day.

Mike Leng is the Managing Director of Unorthodox Nutrition, who have been working with athletes worldwide - from local stars right the way throught to UFC fighters, Premiership Footballers and World Champions to help them achieve their goals efficiently. Visit www.unorthodox-nutrition.com for more details.

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December 29, 2016 — Jiu Jitsu Style