It seems like it’s going to take me a really long time to achieve the Big Six. How can I stay motivated to continue with the Convict Conditioning program?
It’s true. Convict Conditioning isn’t a fly-by-night workout program like the dozens you see on late-night TV that promise
a full body transformation in a few weeks. That’s of course as long as you buy the program and spend big bucks on prepared foods, dietary supplements, and gimmicky exercise equipment. But even then, most people who fall for the fad diets and exercise plans don’t stick with the program, quit exercising, go back to their old ways, pack on the pounds and feel worse than ever.
Convict Conditioning is different. Paul Wade doesn’t promise miraculous results overnight. But he does present a straightforward series of progressive exercises and workouts designed to help you build maximum strength using your own bodyweight. He’s a living breathing testimony of the kind of superhuman strength your body can achieve, if you’re willing to put in the time and effort. And thousands of CC disciples agree, including this dude who turned a midlife crisis into his ticket to CC success.
Convict-ion Required to Achieve the Big Six
Paul Wade didn’t achieve the Big Six by doing a couple knock-off-made-for-TV workouts a few times a week. He spent 19 years in the big house, carefully developing a blueprint to build enough muscle strength to execute the one-armed pull-up, one-armed push-up, one-armed handstand, one-legged squat, straight leg raises, and the stand-to-stand bridge. And that’s the kind of conviction you need to have if you really want to achieve the Big Six and maximize the benefits of sticking with the Convict Conditioning workouts. Watch this video to remind yourself of what’s possible if you keep at it.
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Thinking About Quitting?
But that said, staying motivated with any exercise program can have its challenges. In a recent survey by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, researchers found that nearly 80 percent of Americans don’t get the recommended amount of daily exercise. Being too lazy to get off the couch is one reason for this trend. Other people give up on exercising because they don’t know what to do, get bored or confused about how to workout, get injured and quit, or give up because they don’t see results fast enough. But that’s not the case with CC. Instead of confusing workouts, CC gives you a clear plan to follow with 10 progressive exercises to master in order to achieve the Big Six. But even then, motivation can wane in an effort to get bigger and stronger as fast as possible.
You’re Tougher Than You Think You Are
In our society of instant-gratification where you can cruise through a drive-thru for fast food, search the internet for information in seconds, and watch multiple shows at once on your flat screen TV, patience isn’t exactly something we’re accustomed to. But that’s not you. If you were gutsy enough to pick up a copy of Convict Conditioning and give it a shot, you’ve got the mental fortitude to go the distance and achieve the kind of superhuman strength it takes to execute the Big Six.
Most people have days when they feel like throwing in the towel in pursuit of the Big Six, and that’s OK. Imagine how many days Paul Wade suffered under the weight of knowing he would be spending 19 years behind bars. The trick is to not give in to those voices in your head that tell you to give up.
Make Up Your Mind to Go the Distance
Staying motivated to stick with Convict Conditioning and see it through (Click here to read “How
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to Motivate Yourself Into an Exercise Routine You’ll Actually Stick To”) to achieve the kind of results Paul Wade promises, isn’t easy. And it shouldn’t be. The greatest successes in life always come from hard work, dedicated effort, and consistency for the long haul.
If you’re doubting the path you’re on in your CC journey to achieve the Big Six, take a hard look at why you got started. Think about what you really want out of CC, what you’re willing to do to achieve your goal, and focus on that in your mind. For a lot of people, that’s enough to survive another day. Take it one day at a time, that’s the same way Paul Wade survived 19 years in prison.
Change Things Up to Stick With the Program
If you need more of an attitude adjustment, you can make modifications to the CC exercise to change things up, add some variety to your workouts, and even increase your muscle strength and endurance in other ways than just CC. Here are some options you can use to stay motivated and keep your workouts interesting and engaging:
- Change the order of the exercises
- Change your rep range
- Change your volume
- Change your training speed
- Add in variants
- Set new short/medium term goals to hit
- Focus on some explosive work for a while
- Change your training frequency
- Add some spice: neck work, grip, calves, cardio
- Mix in some skill work; balance, gymnastics, acrobatics
- Cross-train: boxing, martial arts, wrestling
- Devote some specialist training to a single movement
Shake things up with ultra-high reps
How do you make sure that you stay motivated?
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Professional trainer, ex cross-fitter and a long time calisthenic practitioner. Started with Convict Conditioning and developed levels of strength which led him to street workouts championships. Jeff writes about everything calisthenics focusing on control development, skill progression as well as injuries (as he got a few). He would love to hear from you and answer any questions you might have.