Long-timers: what happens after the diet ends?

The long timers

This is not an article about prison life. I don’t think

At the ripe old age of 29 with 15+ years of workouts under my belt, something hit me profoundly.

I don’t want to train any more.

I don’t want to diet for 8 weeks, I don’t want to grind, conquer, limp, recover repeat. I just want to be happy.

But, (and of course there’s a but) at the same time I want to have a lean body, I want to maintain my strength, I want to get WAY better at walking handstands too.

I also want to drink a little tequila here and there, eat some barbeque ribs, shout my beautiful wife a chocolate thick shake and order one as well.  Hell, I want to eat a whole damn pizza playing dungeons and dragons once a fortnight. Is that too much to ask!?

I don’t think so.

But I also doubt I’ll have abs peaking through in the in the next few months.  I also doubt my deadlift will hit the three-plate range that I want.

But give those goals 9 months? Both seem pretty easy.

Maybe this is a game of life? Not a perpetual sprint of 8 week challenges.

Shit. Maybe I worked it out.

Firstly, I want to dispel the haters with a quick “fuck off”. Yes I sell 8 week training packages, yes for the right individual they can produce incredible results. They also might have you eating chicken and veges out of your own Tupperware during a family dinner. And yes, for the uninitiated – having a set block of time you totally devote yourself to health and fitness to can be insanely beneficial.

But what about the long term strategy?

What about the diet after the diet? The training after the challenge?

If you’re a long timer this might be something you need to look at closely. I strongly recommend you sit down over with a pen, the largest black coffee you can put your hands on and answer these questions.

Why are you going to the gym?

Is it time you learned something new?

If you could write a perfect week , month, year in fitness – what would that look like?

Start here, start a new path to ‘forever fitness’ and leave the challenges alone. For now.