Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Adopting Simplicity in Your Programming

Keeping things simple is not as “simple” as you’d think. When it comes to training there is more then one way to skin a cat, which can lead to things becoming a lot more complicated then they need to be. I recently read Minimalist Training by Jason Ferruggia and Mass Made Simple by Dan John both of which have made me really rethink my approach to training. After re-evaluating my own program, as well as the way I train my clients, I came to the realization that I was trying to do way to much. In my own workouts I was performing anywhere between 9 to 12 exercises… over a week, if I workout 4 times, that’s 36 to 48 different exercises! I was seeing some gains and I was getting good at some of the exercises, but I was not getting strong, and I wasn’t great at any of the exercises like I wanted.

“Overcomplicating things and over thinking their training is one of the biggest reasons people don't succeed in their strength training endeavors.” - Jason Ferruggia