Why Consistency in Your Training is one of the 3 Core Pillars


Now if you’ve been following our training programs or seen any of our articles you will no doubt heard me talk about the 3 key pillars of your fitness training success:

  1. The Right Training
  2. Intensity
  3. Consistency

The importance of consistency in your training hit home to me today, having gone for my first run for 4 weeks.

Let me quickly give you some background into my last 10 weeks.

10 weeks ago I started on our Beep Test Training Program. Now I’m middle-aged (40) have been active all my life and have kept myself fit and healthy. I don’t adhere to a strict diet although I don’t each much crap and I have never smoked cigarettes or drank alcohol.

Here is a quick summary of my beep test program results:

  • Initial Beep Test Assessment: Level 10-0
  • Final Beep Test Assessment: Level 12-6
  • Weight Loss: 3kg (this was not expected but a nice bonus)

I was really happy with this result considering my technique was pretty good to start with so the increase in my score was all based on an increase in my cardio fitness and conditioning.

So 4 weeks down the track since finishing the program and nothing more than taking the dog for long walks I venture out today for a first run. It should also be noted that I am currently at the same weight that I finished the program on.

The outcome:

Well, I was certainly expecting my fitness to have decreased but I was very surprised at how much!

  • I found it difficult to run at a fast pace without feeling out of breath and felt like stopping (during the program I felt empowered when running at a fast pace)
  • I was getting an ache in my knee and groin (didn’t have any issues while on the program)

So what is the lesson here?

The lesson is that unless you are consistent in your training, expect your fitness levels to drop and quickly!

Extra tips for Police Applicants

  • Once you reach your goal buffer zone targets, ensure you go onto the maintenance program to keep at that level
  • Do not take your foot off the gas once you pass your applicant fitness test

I hope my experience has resonated with a few of you out there and I look forward to seeing you all train with more consistency!

About the Author

Russell Kempster

Russell Kempster

Russ spent 12 years as a police officer with Victoria Police. The last four years of that time was spent at the Victoria Police Academy as an instructor, where he taught everything from fitness to firearms. He has trained police applicants, as well as recruits undergoing their initial training, experienced serving police officers and was even called on by Victoria Police to help train other would-be police academy instructors.

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