Why You're Failing In Fitness

Marshal McKenzie flexing his biceps and back muscles.

You may sometimes wonder why it is that others seems to so “easily” reach their fitness goals while you’re stuck where you are; stagnant and frustrated.  

The truth is, they were likely in the same spot you are right now - except they eventually learned to narrow down and focus on a few key concepts that ultimately helped push through the plateaus and lead them to fitness freedom.  

With that being said, here are five reasons why people often fail to meet their fitness goals. If you’re guilty of one or more of these things, it might be what is holding you back from the body you desire.

1. Your actions are not properly aligned with your goals    

A lot of us (including myself for quite some time) set goals, but never followed through with the required actions to reach them.    

For example, if your goal is to lose weight, you should be focusing on eating proper foods, exercising, and maintaining a caloric deficit. But to most people’s surprise (sarcasm), they won’t do any of these steps properly, and then they’ll complain how its impossible for them to lose weight.    

Moral of the story? You can’t do one thing and expect results that don’t align with those chosen actions.

You must learn good daily habits that push you towards your goal every single day.

2. Procrastination is poison    

So many people are all thought, no action. Stop thinking so much and start taking action.    

“Oh, ill start a new workout program Monday”. No, you start it TODAY. By the time Monday comes, you’ll have already built up momentum to keep going. Starting NOW and failing is STILL better than not starting at all.    

Stop waiting. Start doing.    

3. You’re not tracking your progress

Tracking progress makes all the difference with fitness. Writing down sets, reps, weight and exercises is essential to making consistent progress. Come back and do MORE than the previous week.    

It’s all about progression. You can’t do the same thing week after week and expect different results.    

Doing the same thing week after week and expecting a different result is literally Einstein’s definition of insanity.    

4. You’re lying to yourself    

How many calories did you plan to eat this week?

How many did you actually eat?

How many times did you plan to train this week?

How many times did you actually train?    

Many people lie to themselves to relieve cognitive dissonance. This is one of the worst things you can do, not just in the fitness aspect, but all parts of life. You think you’re doing the right things, but are you ACTUALLY?

You have to be honest with yourself and accurately assess what you’re doing. Failing to be honest with yourself will inevitably lead to failing to see the results you desire.

For example, if you lie to yourself on your "cheat" day, you will hold yourself back, and potentially cause some unwanted cheat day weight gain.

5. You’re ignoring the fundamentals

You can follow all sorts of training and diet plans that supposedly work like magic, but if you ignore the fundamentals of fat loss or muscle gain, you’re still going to go no where, and fast.    

You can do all these fancy types of workouts but if you simply aren’t eating enough, you won’t build muscle.    

You can eat 5,000 calories of extremely healthy food, but you can’t expect to lose weight.    

Stop jumping to all these “quick fix” extreme diets and workouts, and just focus on the naked fundamentals of fitness.    

They are what actually matter.

Marshal McKenzie

Marshal is the original Founder of Everfit in 2019. With over 8 years of training and nutrition knowledge, Marshal has excelled in helping thousands of people around the world transform their body and live a happier, more fulfilling life.