Your brain is always doing a cost/benefit analysis. Most people think that extreme workouts and rabbit food is the way to get fit, which makes the brain (and all your survival mechanisms) say “Forget that!”
Which is probably a big reason that most people don’t get enough strength or conditioning work and why so many people struggle with overall health.
The answer is not to do nothing.
By the way, if you’re going to have a beer, have a REAL one, not three beer flavored waters!
It’s to show up consistently, do enough that it feels like work, but not so much that you can’t come back the next day, and over time, get better.
It’s also to get better at doing the same thing a lot. Continuing with a handful of movements and developing mastery. Owning the weight and moving well.
Think of it like learning an instrument.
If you practice scales, various drills, and just a song or two, over time, you’ll build mastery and you can add to your repertoire.
This is especially true you practice enough to get better and can practice multiple days per week without it being a big deal.
But, if you change up the scales, drills, and songs every time you practice, and play until your fingers bleed, you’ll just get frustrated.
Fitness is a lot like that.
Little and often with a focus on the basics over the long haul is the way to go.
Strength is a skill.
Moving well is a skill.
These things are actually enjoyable when you get away from the stress/workout face approach.
Plus, it’s impossible to learn or improve when you get the body keyed up into fight/flight which is why no one ever learns to move better or get stronger in high intensity interval classes, and they continue to tell the story about how they’re not strong and not coordinated and never will be.
That doesn’t have to be the case. It really doesn’t.
Sure, workout face might burn more calories in the short term, but is that really any way to live?
I’m not trying to convince you to go all in on leisurely walks, tai-chi, and giving up on your goals.
I’m trying to convince you to look at the whole picture and get away from the approach that I think has failed the majority of the people who’ve tried it, the majority of which who blame themselves.
That high stress, max calorie burn method of training is broken.
This is my effort to make a dent and start fixing it.
I’m excited to announce the launch of my online program in January 2022.
It’s a twelve week program designed to get you stronger, build muscle, burn fat, move better, help you get consistent (motivation isn’t an issue if you don’t feel beaten up all the time), and set you up for long term success.
This can be done at home with a fairly simple set up or at the gym.
I put this together with the busy person in mind.
If you’re interested in playing the long game, making real changes, and putting aside the workout face junk, then email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or DM me on social to reserve your spot.