A Shift in the Exercise Paradigm

The goal of exercise is, of course, to get better. So why is it that many coaches and exercisers are still attempting to destroy themselves in the gym? Is it for some strange form of penance?

A change is long overdue.


Old style


tired, sweating, vomiting=fat loss, more progress

The pump. The burn. Soreness. Crippling soreness. “Can’t even sit down.”

Rhabdomyolysis. Exhaustion. Death.

New Style
No Pain=Progress

Feeling Good=progress

Smooth, strong, coordinated movement=fat loss, gain muscle, hot body, more progress

Somewhere along the way we got lost. We heard that you have to tear down muscle to rebuild it stronger and we ran with it. We realized that people who ran a lot were good at breathing. People who took more breaths, faster; they were better at taking more breaths faster. So this idea of a soul-crushing workout is not only the supposed key to maximum progress, but now it’s even a badge of honor equated to fighting in a war.

First, let me just simply say this; I have known a lot of military personnel who have been to war. Implying that your workout was a “war,” “battle,” or whatever else, is straight up ignorant and insulting. Don’t lower yourself into falling victim to this kind of thinking.

Secondly, maximum progress is entirely about how much closer a session brings you to your goals. The key to progress is something I try to communicate succinctly; “Better Every Day.”

When you leave the gym, you should feel better than when you walked in. The goal every single time should simply be better.

When you get right down to it, nobody eats to feel so full that they have stomach pains. We eat to enjoy the taste and become satieted. To remove hunger. Training should be approached the same way.

You should find a way to leave feeling less pain (if any). You should feel better, and move better than when you walked in.

The reason we train, no matter who you are, is to simply be better. That is always the goal. No one trains to decrease the amount they can lift, lower their vertical jump, run slower, or feel more pain.

It seems silly when it’s laid out like that, but most people leave the gym more busted up and weaker than when they walked in.

Stop focusing on more, and start focusing on better. Stick with the 80% rule and listen to your body.

Feel better, move better, lift better.

Better Every Day.