One Hard Thing
We truly live in an information age. A simple Google search for a topic that was relatively unknown 10 years ago- for example “Acai berry or pomegranate fruit” can return over one million pages devoted to this topic. By the way, I have known about blueberries my whole life and they provide just as much or more nutritional content then these new “super foods”.
When it comes to fitness and wellness, there are literally thousands of forums, websites, and blogs with training ideas and programs. Exercises I’ve never heard of, programs telling you to do this and that, with pictures of half-naked people you could look like in a matter of weeks. The problem today is not a lack of information- it’s a lack of filtering that information. My personal filter is to heavily prioritize information that comes from other “real-world” practitioners. I am really good at what I do, but there are coaches who have been changing bodies and lives way before me. I like to stand on the shoulders of these giants in my industry.
Now you’ve absorbed all this information on exercise, you’ve made the commitment to start, you’ve set goals, but you don’t know how to put it into your own workout program. From my computer, I offer you a glimpse of how I approach this issue.
Simple. Hard. Work.
Your program needs to have synergy. You will get more bang for your buck, by focusing on the hard or difficult things first. What you do in the first 10% of your workouts will determine your level of success for the long haul. So, if your goal is to lose 20 pounds and your workout starts with 30 minutes on the treadmill, followed by a trip on the “machines” or a quick flirtation with some pink dumbbells, you may want to reconsider. Training needs to be safe above all things, but training that is so conservative or narrow and doesn’t challenge you will not produce results. You have to GET OUT OF YOUR COMFORT ZONE!
I help people everyday improve their physique and performance. From my experiences, there is no substitute for effort. Hard work trumps volume every time for success. When you get to the gym, start your workout off with that one hard thing. If it is doing push ups, do them first, if its squats, do them first. If it’s on the treadmill, come up with a better plan.