Staying engaged in your training isn’t always the easiest thing in the world, for some of us it actually can be monotonous to be deadlifting and squatting all the time (yes ,even me). One major component of success is to keep things fun and interesting. I am often asked what the best program out there for training is–and my response is always the same; “The one you’ll actually do.”
I’m not joking, just being consistent and enjoying whatever it is you’re working on puts you so far ahead of the game it’s insane. Not only will the consistency itself pay off huge dividends, but by having fun while you are doing it, your brain and body actually adapt to it better and therefore make you stronger, leaner, faster, etc. Which if you ask me is pretty rad.
This is called “Fun”:
Safety is something that I have taken a stronger, and stronger stance on when it comes to exercise. I feel that a lot of current fitness training modalities focus on speed and intensity at the expense of safety.. The purpose of exercise is to make you better, not break you down. Don’t underestimate the risks associated with whatever you are doing and try to stick to The 80% Rule. Also evaluate whether or not you should be performing such an exercise at such an intensity by asking yourself Can You Do It Well?
The effectiveness of a training session is all about what you get out of it, and in this case the primary goal should be to change your body or fitness level to something greater than before. The secondary benefit is how the workout itself makes you feel. It should make you feel better than when you first started, and it should make you feel more alive. Stagnancy and mediocrity are the enemies here, we aren’t meant to just coast, we are meant to thrive.
To all of these ends, I am not a huge fan of conditioning in the conventional sense. You say, “go for a run on the treadmill,” and I hear, “bash head against wall for a long time.” Running on a treadmill doesn’t meet any of the three requirements for a solid training session. You all know how much I love heavy lifting and gymnastics for my strength training, and most of you might also be aware that I happen to love Jiu Jitsu and Kickboxing as my primary sources of conditioning or fat loss. What I also realize is that these are not easily accessible to everyone. And as I get busier traveling and working on projects (coming soon, get excited) I am beginning to understand the difficulty that some people have in these more recreational means of conditioning. It is in this regard that I want you to take a look at my good friend Jen’s new product Lift Weights Faster.
I should mention that in my career the only other thing that I have promoted so far was a water flosser. I used to get cavities frequently, I hate flossing, and this has eliminated them completely.
Back to the rad book though (by the way, I’m bringing back “rad”), it satisfies the three components of long term training success. You get a great conditioning product by Jen, an excellent and concise manual on how to get strong from my friend Dave, and a really neat manual that talks about nutrition in a realistic way that promotes whole food and sustainability. The bottom line is, I think what she has to offer is a friggin’ steal and I’m proud of how hard she and Dave have worked to put it all together.
That’s it, go pick up your copy here and don’t forget to get a water flosser, seriously, change your life.
#Better Every Day