"If you only have a hammer, you tend to see every problem as a nail." -Abraham Maslow

Okay, what do you think I mean when I say "fitness tool?" (I really hope that's not what you call me behind my back!).  Maybe you picture dumbbells  ... Perhaps an Olympic bar and some weight plates leap into your mind ... Your thoughts could drift to selectorized machines ... The more imaginative of you may even picture lean, healthy food.

I'm here to tell you that, while all of these things are indeed tools, none of them are as important as what I'm about to tell you about right now. 

I've blogged about it before, and I'll blog about it again.  Consistency is THE NUMBER ONE, Grandmaster, mack daddy, most important tool --more like weapon-- you have at your disposal in your quest to get fit.

I mean it!  I've seen people with absolutely horrendous fitness programs get fit simply by taking Nike's advice and just DOING it ... again and again ... without fail ... over and over ... week after painstaking week.  They just did it, while all of the nay-sayers sat on the sidelines, scratching their heads at how such an inferior program could have begotten such great results.  "It has to be genetics or steroids," they scoff.

Now ordinarily, this repetitious behavior usually involves some on-the-job learning, meaning your program evolves over the course of  a few years.  I don't know anybody who is SOOOO planned out that they can tell you the workout they'll do on March 23 six years from now! Most people work a plan for a while, see what results they get, do some "research" (usually reading magazines or talking to their friends in the gym), make a couple of adjustments, and execute a new plan.

That's it!  There's no magic in it.  This process gets lost in the shuffle of all the claims of a program that's supposed to get you fit in 90 days or some diet that claims you'll lose weight seemingly overnight.

The real formula is simple: (hard work discipline) x time = results!