It Takes 12 Weeks
The other day I told my daughters if they climbed to the top of the rope I'd give them $50. My youngest, who is 7, jumped on it right away and 3 or 4 times almost made it, but either got scared or started fatiguing from all of the attempts she took.
She was upset. She was crying and on the last one she was maybe two feet from the top and said, "Daddy is this good enough!?!"
Of course, I said "No," and she came back down the rope walked over to a corner, sat down and just glared at me like I stole her favorite toy.
When it comes to training, most people aren't too far from the way my daughter felt. They want to be able to start something and get the fruits of the results right away. But, that's why it's called training. You can't just go to a convenient store and buy a stronger, healthier, and fitter body. You have to earn it, and it takes a lot of energy, effort, time and consistency to do it.
There's a quote that says, "It takes 4 weeks for you to notice your body changing, 8 weeks for your friends and family to notice, and 12 weeks for the rest of the world to notice. Give it 12 weeks. Don't quit."
I've observed this is true, especially when it comes to changing body composition. The other side of it that is true is during those 12 weeks you can't just show up to the gym 2 times. You have to be intentional about change whether it's your diet, training, or just getting up and moving every day.
Just getting 3/4 of the way up the rope isn't good enough. If you want the prize, you have to go all the way. That's just how it works.