Daily Archives: March 5, 2019

A bit of a tangent

***This post isn’t for body builders***
 
– The take away message is right at the bottom to save you time
 
Now the trigger warning is out of the way, let’s continue.
 
You like training, right?
 
Like most, and I’m guessing like you, I certainly do.
 
In fact training every day is something that makes me vary happy.
 
There is only one issue with this though, rigidity.
 
Have you ever heard of Greasing the Groove?
 
The brainchild of Russian lineage, and popularised by Pavel Tsatsouline, it involves picking a one or a handful of movements and practicing them daily.
 
You will rarely, if ever train to a state of fatigue.
 
In fact you should always be fresh at the end of every set, feeling stronger and that you could have done more is the ideal state to be in.
 
The issue for many with this is that they are so used to ‘working out’ they feel the need to leave a session even if its only 5min feeling destroyed, which is just not really a good mentality to have.
 
I get it though, I really do.
 
On a personal level, like you, I too want to feel like I’ve done something, that I’ve put in some effort and made progress, however just because we’ve killed ourselves that doesn’t mean it’s the right thing to do.
 
Now there are times to push the envelope, just not all the time.
 
You can of course push it hard all the time if you choose, however there will be a price to pay.
 
You’re heart rate each session is 90%+……
 
You get no praise from me because that is worrying, in training you want to be floating around 50-70% of HRR for the most part, if you always end up with it higher then there could be an underlying issue with your body (nervous system, hormone levels etc).
 
Essentially somethings not right.
 
We like to chase the feeling, the rush.
 
It’s addictive, however the big question is this; why?
 
Why do you need it?
 
^^ A very long corridor to go down which we will save for another time, back to GTG.
 
Training daily and the potential rigidity that comes with it.
 
It can happen because we get attached to our habits, or rather the movements we are doing, for several reason.
 
– We get good at them
– We enjoy them
– We have now formed a habit
 
While in all honesty most people could literally forge a strong functional body with these 5 movements done daily (an no others for the rest of their life), it would perhaps get a tad dull in the end.
 
Daily Practice of Awesome
 
– Kettlebell Swing (1 or 2 handed) 75-250 reps total
– TGU 5-10 reps total
– Pull Ups (any variation) 5-10 reps total
– Push Up (any variation) 5-10 reps total
– Single Leg Squat (any variation) 5-10 reps total
– Ab Roll Out (or core variation) 5-10 reps
 
*There is nothing magic about the reps, they’re just sustainable.
 
That’s it, maybe 5min of mobility that involves crawling or climbing as well would be golden.
 
To be fair Swings, Crawling and Climbing (rope, wall, etc) would be life changing for most people.
 
Climbing a 10-20m rope once a day every day would give you so much more than spending 3 days in the gym ‘working out back’ from a health, longevity & functional stand point.
 
Where was I going with this…..
 
Oh yea, training daily.
 
Our bodies are meant to move and receive a stimulus on daily basis.
 
You don’t have to follow GTG – doing the same movement(s) each day for multiple sets of 2-3 reps throughout the day, however it’s a great way to get strong, add some lean mass and stay mobile.
 
You can do GTG by doing one different movement everyday, say Swings on Monday, Hand Balancing on Tuesday, Pistol Squats on Wednesday and so on.
 
This style, this philosophy of training is something you do for life.
 
You can do as many or as few movements as you choose, just try to pick ones that will keep you young (moving well), this means that while you can do bench press every day it may cost you shoulder health in the future, or it may not, I don’t know.
 
You’ve got any amazing opportunity you know.
 
That body of yours can do many great things, sow hy not capitalise on it 🤗
 
Anyway, that’s enough rambling from me today.
 
Take away message:
 
– Move daily
– Pick a few moves to do each day or….
– Pick one move to do periodically throughout the day
– Reps 2-3 per set or less than 50% of your max reps
– Always finish feeling stronger than when you started
– Have fun with it
 
Enjoy,
Ross

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