How to Make Progress
1. Have a Plan (and follow it)
2. Be Consistent (with the little things)
3. Listen to Your Body
If you’re just winging it in the gym, I’m willing to bet you aren’t going to make as much progress as compared to if you were following a written out plan. This is where following a program can be extremely helpful. Is it necessary? No, but it definitely helps to be able to track what you’ve done, note your body’s response, and plan future workouts accordingly.
Obviously if you miss training days, you’re not gunna get better. I’m more so talking about the little things that’ll keep you able to train at a high level. Things like sleep, eating better, stretching (as needed), foam rolling, recovery pool workouts, ice bath etc.
Listen to the body. If your body is trashed but you have a workout planned, DON’T DO IT. Wait till your body recovers. I want to be fresh every time I have a jump or lower body workout. Do I make mistakes? Obviously. But just remember that high intensity training done in an already fatigued state is like going back to the dessert station at a buffet when your face has already been stuffed. Your body can only adapt to so much stress at a time.