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Giving to Yourself

Amateur athletes, weekend warriors & those who train hard.

Give yourself the gift or more time.

Give yourself the gift or more rest.

Honestly, you’ve got plenty of time to make progress, even if you’re in your 60’s you can still move forwards.

Too many rush and injury is their reward.

This doesn’t mean you will become slothful or lacklustre in your training, oh no.

You will still be required to lift with intent, focus and gusto.

The only difference is that you allow yourself a little more rest between sets, perhaps an extra day off here and there all to allow you more recovery which will translate in to more progress in the end.

You see for the majority of us training is suppose to enhance our lives, not absorb or detract from them.

In my years of training I’ve been obsessive, too rigid, unwavering in adherence to the routine and while it did indeed yield results, would it really have been so bad if I arrive at that point perhaps 2-3 years later?

My prize was glory when the flame burned bright.

Even for a short while I was untouchable, then it all fell to pieces and burnout was my enteral reward.

This took almost as many years to recover from.

Yep. 5 years of the true iron path ended up in 5 years to recover from it, and the kicker is I wasn’t even anything worth shout about in the grand scheme of things.

While we talk about enjoy the journey, which I did, I can tell you it wasn’t worth it, breaking yourself for ego is never worth it, yet many will do this because it’s the message of the world.

Work hard and what you seek shall be yours, oh and it will, you just wont be able to hold on to it for very long.

Sensible training, reasonable & repeatable sessions, more recovery days and optimal nutrition choices, that is what will yield the best long term results.

True you may decide to test/peak/push yourself perhaps once of twice per year, and in truth that’s all you need.

Anything more is superfluous.

As I sit here typing this I do wonder, will you listen to me?

Will these words of warning resonate or run off like water from a ducks back because like a far younger me you still think you currently know better.

The truth is we never know better, we only know what we know, or what we choose to believe and that’s rarely whats best for us.

Anyway, here are 7 suggestions for you, garnered from years grinding away for little reward.

1 – Nutrition trumps training
2 – Consistency is key, so train reasonably & repeatably
3 – Train every 3-5 days
4 – Take 5min rest after heavy sets, maybe even up to 10
5 – Test yourself once or twice per year
6 – Set mini goals that require some effort, not all your effort
7 – Have a greater purpose behind you for training, training for the sake of training rarely ends well

Enjoy,
Ross

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Random Protocol for Easy Strength

This little training protocol just popped into my mind, so I thought I’d share it with you.

Train every 3 days, this will equate to training three times a week in some weeks and two times in others.

You’ll be alternating Heavy/Light/Medium sessions.

Each day will have a slightly different focus, the overall goal of this protocol is to build strength in a steady and more importantly easy fashion.

Heavy Days:
DL – Ramp to 1x5x5RM, 2-3x5x80% top weight – working up to a top set of 5
Press – Ramp to 1x5x5RM, 2-3x5x80% top weight – working up to a top set of 5
Squat  – Ramp to 1x5x5RM, 2-3x5x80% top weight – working up to a top set of 5

Medium Days: Based on 85% of 5RM from heavy day – adjust +/-:5% on feel for the day
DL – 2,3,5,2,3,5,2,3,5,2,3,5,2,3,5 -Rest 30-60 sec between 2-3-5, then 3-5min each wave
Press – 2,3,5,2,3,5,2,3,5,2,3,5,2,3,5 -Rest 30-60 sec between 2-3-5, then 3-5min each wave
Squat  – 2,3,5,2,3,5,2,3,5,2,3,5,2,3,5 -Rest 30-60 sec between 2-3-5, then 3-5min each wave

Light Days: Based on 85% of 5RM from heavy day – adjust +/-:5% on feel for the day
DL – 6×6, rest 2-4min between sets
Press – 6×6, rest 2-4min between sets
Squat  – 6×6, rest 2-4min between sets

*Accessory work: 1 to supplement DL/Press, 2 Lifts to supplement Squat – 2-3×8-12reps

** You can use any DL/P/SQ variations you like on this protocol, once the cycle starts
again choose a different variation, Example: Cycle 1 = FS, Cycle 2 = HBBS, Cycle 3 = LBBS

*** The +/- 5% allows you to add load when you feel strong, use this as a guide to progress, if you can hit two weeks of +5% then that is the new working weight, the -5% serves as a nice deload if needed, however the way this is set it you shouldn’t need it too often meaning the small increases in +5% based on the % of 5RM will have you by the end of the cycle potentially working with what was your old 5RM as new working weights.

Here is the basic set up of days for a full cycle, it’s roughly 13 weeks, as the cycle repeats your can choose on the Monday (when Heavy DL/Press comes back around) to retest your 5RM on all three lifts, then take the rest of the week off before starting  new cycle with your new variations.:

Monday: Heavy – DL/Press
Tuesday: Off
Wednesday: Off
Thursday: Light – Squat
Friday: Off
Saturday: Off
Sunday: Light – DL/Press
Monday: Off
Tuesday: Off
Wednesday: Medium – Squat
Thursday: Off
Friday: Off
Saturday: Medium – DL/Press
Sunday: Off
Monday: Off
Tuesday: Heavy – Squat
Wednesday: Off
Thursday: Off
Friday: Light – DL/Press
Saturday: Off
Sunday: Off
Monday: Light – Squat
Tuesday: Off
Wednesday: Off
Thursday: Heavy – DL/Press
Friday: Off
Saturday: Off
Sunday: Medium – Squat
Monday: Off
Tuesday: Off
Wednesday: Light – DL/Press
Thursday: Off
Friday: Off
Saturday: Light – Squat
Sunday: Off
Monday: Off
Tuesday: Medium – DL/Press
Wednesday: Off
Thursday: Off
Friday: Heavy – Squat
Saturday: Off
Sunday:  Off
Monday: Light – DL/Press
Tuesday: Off
Wednesday: Off
Thursday: Light – Squat
Friday: Off
Saturday: Off
Sunday: Heavy – DL/Press
Monday: Off
Tuesday: Off
Wednesday: Medium – Squat
Thursday: Off
Friday: Off
Saturday: Light – DL/Press
Sunday: Off
Monday: Off
Tuesday: Light – Squat
Wednesday: Off
Thursday: Off
Friday: Medium – DL/Press
Saturday: Off
Sunday: Off
Monday: Heavy – Squat
Tuesday: Off
Wednesday: Off
Thursday: Light – DL/Press
Friday: Off
Saturday: Off
Sunday: Light – Squat
Monday: Off
Tuesday: Off
Wednesday: Medium – DL/Press
Thursday: Off
Friday: Off
Saturday: Medium – Squat
Sunday: Off
Monday: Off
Tuesday: Light – DL/Press
Wednesday: Off
Thursday: Off
Friday: Light – Squat
Saturday: Off
Sunday: Off
Monday: Heavy DL/Press – This would be the start of a new cycle.

Enjoy,
Ross

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Who wants a shortcut to success?

If someone was to offer you the path to success, you’d take it, right?
 
Most certainly claim they would, yet in reality that’s a lie.
 
You see the route you’d need to take is not sexy, nor is it fun or rewarding in the short term, heck it’s not even rewarding in the long term.
 
Not even in the long term?
 
Nope, not in the way you think.
 
You see it will take you at least 10 years in any industry/field to realise you weren’t ‘the shit’ and you were in fact just ‘shit’ 😂
 
At this point you’re now kinda component at what you do.
 
From here on out you’ll think it’s all smooth sailing, until you realise another 10 years has gone by and you realise that ‘kinda component’ was still pretty green.
 
Tha being said, you’ll have picked up a lot of knowledge along the way and since you will have paid your dues in more ways than one you’ll be rewarded with opportunity.
 
Much like you will find has already happened, you just didn’t notice it.
 
Oh yes.
 
All the time you felt hard done by were still opportunities given to you, and the one you wanted because you felt you deserved it went to someone who was in the place you now are and had paid more dues than you up to that point.
 
Many people don’t like this, they feel it’s unfair.
 
That my friends is the attitude of the ignorant and the arrogant.
 
Unless you’re some kind of prodigy (which is highly unlikely otherwise you’d be out doing whatever it is prodigies do) you will have to dedicate several lifetimes to the cause.
 
This is where fairness and equality are nice ideas, however if all is fair it’s not equal and if all is equal it’s not fair.
 
Too many expect the world to fall at their feet.
 
Why should it though?
 
What have you actually got to offer that is of value or that extends beyond your own ego and is truly for others?
 
Of course there is nothing wrong with looking out for number 1, that’s just good survival instincts.
 
Just remember that you’ll come across many people that have looked after No1 for long enough and now they can give something back to someone who happened to be like them in their youth, and that someone might just be you.
 
Their gift won’t be what you think it is though.
 
It will seem like it’s less than you deserve and the tis what makes it exactly what you deserve.
 
Someone will be willing to give you the cheat sheet of life.
 
In fact it will help you save in total about 10 years worth of struggle so that you can climb higher than they did because they now realise that people like you are now more important than their bank balance.
 
Of course you’ll ignore this wonderful gift because as the technical terms describes it; you’re an idiot.
 
It’s okay though, I’ve been that idiot more times than I care to admit so you’re not alone.
 
The next time someone offers you any of the above you’d do well to accept their gift with open arms, especially if you feel it’s less than you deserve because it will be precisely what you need.
 
Once you no longer have a positive or negative feeling towards what gifts you’re given you will have found Elysium.
 
Remember, emotion is bound to ego.
 
^^ That’s a topic for another day though.
 
In the meantime you should investigate the above thoroughly.
 
Enjoy,
Ross

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🤓🤓Three things to avoid doing in your business🤓🤓

You will find these are made by many, addressed by few and learned from by only one or two.
 
The overall idea with a post like this is to help you avoid making the same stupid mistakes that have cropped up in the past, now you will either listen or you won’t.
 
After a life that’s left a head full of bad memories I hope you’re the former.
 
Okay, here we go.
 
1 – Saying yes to everything. 😨😨😨
 
A dangerous word.
 
One that when said too much can have you making promises you can’t keep, or having you lie about your abilities to gain a client only to let them down.
 
Learn the power of no.
 
A frightening word.
 
One that will save you a lot of hassle if you master it though, this is because you will be able to take control and be honest with what you can/can’t do.
 
Remember, the business is about helping someone else and as such they are more important than your bank balance.
 
2 – Claiming to be something you’re not. 🦸‍♂️🦸‍♀️🧙‍♂️🧙‍♀️
 
False claims are common in the realms of fitness.
 
So many PT’s will promise people the world and when it’s delivered instead of being a like for like replica it ends up being a road atlas.
 
This happens a lot because people want to make money, which to be fair is how you run a business, however if you take this route you’ll find you don’t run that business for very long.
 
Accept the things you can’t do & do the things you can.
 
People won’t think less of you because you can’t do something for them, they’ll think less to you because you lied as claire you could.
 
Trust is a fragile thing, like a butterflies wings once damaged it’s unable to be fully repaired and never the same again.
 
Don’t taint your business with false claims or promises, be different and tell the truth.
 
3 – Looking for obstacles that allow you to fail. 🚷🚷🚷
 
Everyone has self-doubt instilled into them at a young age.
 
As a young sprite we feel invincible and the elders allow us to get away with this ignorance because we’re young and naive.
 
Of course one day this rose tinted reality is stripped away from us with immediate effect, as such this now shatters what we thought and even who we thought we were, thus self-doubt is born because perhaps we’re not the superhero we thought we once were.
 
As we age this turns in to seeking out obstacles, barriers and logical excuses/reasons for our own failure.
 
This is so that when we fail we can blame ‘the thing’.
 
While in some cases the fault is indeed from external factor/influence that we had no control over, the common reason people fail in business is because they’re bad at business.
 
It’s actually safer to fail than it is to succeed.
 
Success breeds envy in people, it puts a target on your back and means you’ll have someone (or many) coming for you, trying to tear you down because it’s easier to bring you down to their level than it is for them to rise up to yours.
 
As such you will seek a reason to fail and almost 100% of the time you’ll find one. The perfect one in fact.
 
You choose success or you choose failure, choose wisely.
 
🤔🤔🤔🤔
 
There you have it, three considerations for you.
 
Enjoy,
Ross

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Training programs on the internet are a dime a dozen

There are two types of people in the fitness world.
 
Well, there is actually a lot more however for the purpose of this post I’m saying there is two because the premise demands it to be so 😂
 
You have those who wish to train every day and those who don’t.
 
Both can utilise what I will share below.
 
You might have seen I’m on a bit of a thing with planned randomisation lately.
 
I know, it’s an impressive oxymoron.
 
As such we shall be call in on our friend the coin, once again utilising the wisdom of Harvey Dent and letting fate decide.
 
You will have two options for training:
 
Session Type:
Heads = Strength
Tails = Cardio
 
Strength Sessions:
Heads = Push, Hinge, Loaded Carry
Tails = Pull Squat, Movement
 
Strength Session Rep/Set Structure:
Heads = 1-2-3-4-5, Up to 5 total set
Tails = 3-5min per lift (constant lifting), 2-3 sets
 
^ Progress can be down to you going on feel or mastery of the loads you’re using.
 
^^ Pick any lift your feel fits the movement pattern, I’d say to stick with that movement for 4-6 sessions in total.
 
Cardio Sessions:
Heads = Intervals
Tails = Steady State
 
Cardio Session Structure: Intervals
Heads = Burst Cardio: 20-30min total, HR Zones 70-95%*
Tails = 30on/90off x5-15 sets
 
*You work until you hit 95% of your max heart rate, then slow down and stop to recover, focus on on breathing and lowering your HR, once it’s back at 70% you sprint again, repeating this for the desired time.
 
Cardio Session Structure: Steady State
Heads = 45min, HR Zones 60-70% MHR
Tails = 30min HR 70-80% MHR
 
^ You can choose any method to get your CV needs met.
 
^^ This also means things like kettlebell swings, snatches etc.
 
There you have it, a simple and planned structure that is also random, ish 😂
 
Oh yea, for those who don’t want to train all that often you flip the coin to decide if your’e training that day or not.
 
Heads = Training
Tails = Not Training
 
Please be aware that they above is just something novel.
 
You may love this idea, or you might think it’s terrible, either way who you train is your own choice.
 
Enjoy,
Ross

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A post for average people and fitness professionals alike.

Writing programs is pretty simple really.
 
The only issue is that this doesn’t mean it’s easy.
 
Like many things you’ll need a lot of practice to become good at it.
 
Often when you look at a new trainer/coaches program you can see one of three things:
 
1 – It’s a copy paste job from online
2 – Too much going on & it’s influenced by social media
3 – Sadly it doesn’t make sense
 
Now while we all have to start somewhere when it comes to writing programs many don’t know where that point actually is.
 
As such we go base don what we know or what we have done ourselves, not a bad shout if you actually have made decent progress in the field of fitness yourself.
 
These days we have access to endless information.
 
It is both a gift and a curse.
 
When it comes to picking out diamonds from amongst the rough I have three go to books I will steer people towards that cut out a lot of the bullshit.
 
– Easy Strength by Dan John & Pavel Tsatsouline
– Dinosaur Strength Training by Brooks Kubik
– Periodisation by Vladimir B Issurin
 
The first gives you some great info on training people like actual people.
 
The second gives you tried and tested workout/program/session structures that you can plug in and play with immediately.
 
The third starts to take you down the deeper route of understanding why/how things work and are put together.
 
You see as a trainer/coach it is important for you to have adequate knowledge in the field of program/session construction and yet it’s not something many really give any real time to investigate.
 
Instead they jump on social media to follow the trends of recommendations of what the highest rated influencer has to say, and most of that is absolute dog shit, series it’s terrible and you’d do well not to listen at all.
 
Those of us who came from a time where we didn’t have access to the internet learned through experience and asking people who were int he profession for advice/help.
 
We understood the importance of investing in our education.
 
Not expecting to be told do XYZ, rather why we may choose to do XYZ and then form there how to explore movement, programming for GPP/SPP or what other avenues might be available to use.
 
These days the respect for A&P has gone out of the window.
 
This means that instead of understanding how they body works, why it moves in specific directions and how that can influence training for a desired outcome, many just want to be given a list of exercises to follow that can become their gospel tome.
 
It’s quite sad really.
 
If you ever wonder why the standard of trainer has gone down this is the reason why – trainers have gotten lazy.
 
Not all trainers mind you, just a large majority of them.
 
So keeping this in mind, how would you pick a trainer?
 
Here are some questions to ask:
 
– What was the last course you went on?
 
The best trainers are always continuously investing in their education.
 
– How many clients do you currently have?
 
Experienced coaches know that more isn;t better and won’t try to sound busy by bumping up numbers to elicit the scarcity principle. Plus if someone has 40 clients how will they have time to invest a good amount of their focus in you?
 
– Do you have a coach/mentor yourself?
 
Most who’ve been in the game a while understand that they themselves need help as well. If a trainer can’t reinvest in their own health that is a warning sign.
 
Finally the last question:
 
– What will you do if I don’t get results?
 
Obviously people will try and say things along the lines of “You will, I won’t let you fail” etc. However someone who knows their own limitations will be honest, and say that you both will need to communicate well from day one and actually assess if you’re both the best fit for each other.
 
If after the initial assessment it turns out you’re not well suited then they will refer you on to someone else.
 
Give the above some thought.
 
Enjoy,
Ross

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Playing with Time

After writing a small piece on Gains Central the idea of ‘Timed Sets’ got touched on.
 
Given these are great little tools for giving people a variable shock and devotion from the norm they’re worth sharing here too.
 
As the name suggests you’re performing a set based on a length of time and not just a number of reps.
 
These are great for 3 reasons:
 
– Overload
– Mental Toughness
– Easy to Program
 
Here is an example of how you might utilise a timed set.
 
A1 – Squat x2min x4 sets
 
Pretty simple right?
 
Now you don’t need to have the time being a static thing, it can change set to set if required, this can allow for harder sets first or hard-easy sets.
 
A1 Squat –
Set 1 x120sec
Set 2 x90sec
Set 3 x60sec
Set 4 x30sec
 
Alternatively
 
A1 Squat –
Set 1 x30Sec
Set 2 x120sec
Set 3 x60sec
Set 4 x90sec
 
Honestly these are very enjoyable and also great for people who are short on time in their training because it will allow for accurate planning so that an effective session can be squeezed into very little spare time.
 
How long you decide to have the time of each set can be to your discretion, you might even choose to do 5min of non-stop squatting, tough yet 2 sets of that will be a good session for the day.
 
Here are two sessions I’ve personally alternated in the past when time has been tight, please be aware there was no specific warm up and I’d often use the first timed set as the warm up.
 
Session 1 – Kettlebells
A1 – Clean & Press x2min x3sets
B1 – Swings x5min x2sets
60 seconds rest
 
Session 2 –
A1 – Inverted Rows* x 2min x3sets
B1 – Squats** x5min x2set
60 seconds rest***
 
*Or renegade rows, or pull ups depending on gym kit
**Or kettlbell, barbell, sandbag, depending on gym kit
***Variable depending on what time I had, most session ended up being 20-25min only.
 
Very minimalistic, very effective.
 
If you’ve never tried timed sets before add them in as accessory work on smaller isolation lifts first because they catch a lot of people out because they’re easier on paper than they are in reality.
 
Enjoy,
Ross

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4 Basics Lessons to Build Your Fitness Business

A lot of hopeful people jump into the realm of fitness.
 
It seems easy because they themselves like fitness, they’re passionate, have a story to share of how they lost weight etc, and they really really want to help people.
 
Obviously for the sake of helping people, not to fulfil an emotional need or anything.
 
In the early days of being qualified many are fuelled by the promises of instant business from friends, family, colleagues and people that they happen to know.
 
I’m going to tell you that this is folly.
 
Those promises rarely become a reality and we are naive for believing they ever will because while people judge themselves based on their proposed intentions (even if never followed through on), we judge them used on their actions.
 
To most people it is enough for them to say they will do something and not do it, they still get the initial feeling of being good, helpful, needed/wanted/important, yet that’s as far as many go because they’ve gotten what they need at no actually cost to them.
 
So this being the case, why would they then pay?
 
🎓 Lesson 1 – Don’t rely on the good will of others because they will let you down.
 
When a new trainer/coach gets about 6months into their fitness business journey things start to change.
 
Suddenly they realise that people didn’t suddenly flock to them because they were nothing special, in fact they were just another trainer.
 
Yep, once qualified you’re nothing special, just one of many.
 
At this point the need for an individual identity starts to become apparent, some being to hammer their social media, sharing all sorts of motivational quotes, photos and videos of –
 
“This (insert target demographic) can🏋️‍♀️ 🏋️‍♀️ all you need is to believe”
 
It may spike some interest, however there is still very little of value for people because all that they do is copy what others are doing.
 
Now copying trends isn’t a bad thing, so long as it’s a successful one and you know WHY it works.
 
If you don’t know why then you won’t make it work.
 
You can go for all the fads and trends available to you, yet without a solid message or set of values backing what it is you’re saying there will be no call to action for people because it’s just not real.
 
🎓 Lesson 2 – Jumping on the bandwagon to try and become different/noticed doesn’t work, it makes you the same as everybody else doing it.
 
Finding a niche that you can call your own isn’t easy.
 
In fact it can take many years because a lot of people are still influenced by what they themselves find enticing, and while this isn’t a terrible thing it doesn’t mean that the potential clients available to them will react in the same way.
 
So many talk of being their best self, an individual, different.
 
You will find that many potential clients and those who have stagnated often talk of wanting those very things, a coach/trainer who is their best self, an individual who different and does things differently.
 
Alas, if you do things that are not familiar and truly different this weekend warrior of the majority will put in a subtle dig along the lines of
 
– “We usually do it this way.”
– “I like to do ti like this.”
– “My/Our old trainer used to do it this way.”
 
My answer to anything similar to the above is as follows:
 
“I thought you said that you wanted something different?”
 
Or
 
“That’s cool, they sound like a great coach, so why did you leave them?”
 
Yep I will put people on the spot and call out hypocrisy and bullshit because I’m just too tired to be tactful these days.
 
You see as much as people say they want something different what they actually mean is something different yet familiar and basically the same as what they’re doing, but still different though.
 
It’s fucking maddening.
 
This is where taking the jump and creating a true niche that is different takes courage because the world and it’s dog will tell you have the things they’ve already done are great and that you’d do well to adopt some of those ideas.
 
Which is the height of disrespect in my eyes.
 
If you truly want to be different be prepared for criticism.
 
🎓 Lesson 3 – People will tell you how they want you to run your business, by all means listen and be thankful for any advice/feedback, just remember you don’t need to bend yourself out of shape to help other people fit in. If they don’t fit, that;s okay, they can go somewhere else.
 
Th hardest part about running any business is understanding that you’re in actual fact running a business.
 
As such you can’t afford to piss about.
 
Too many in fitness don’t understand this and try to make it a hobby that pays them, and one that pays them well, this is a mistake.
 
The only people who can get away with running a fitness business like this are of the following:
 
– People who are retired and don’t need to work
– People who have a job they can step back into at will
– People who come from money
– People who have a partner who supports all other finance
 
^^ Many don’t like this, yet it’s very much the truth.
 
Running a business isn’t easy, and yet in fitness so many think that once they become qualified people will just rock up and throw money at them, that they ill be abel to do 3-4 clients a day only, train whenever they like and live ‘the good life’.
 
This is a dangerous attitude to have.
 
The average fitness professional will work a 12+ hour day in most cases, and that isn’t taking in to account all the behind the scenes things such as admin, tracking, program writing and the logistical part of running a business.
 
If you think it will be easy you’re in for a shock.
 
🎓 Lesson 4 – Remember you’re running a business, not a charity or a hobby that pays well, a business.
 
If you are someone new to the industry you’d do well to hire a mentor.
 
Now many will say they can’t afford this investment and to that I have this reply for their consideration:
 
Can you afford not to be successful then?
 
There are many ways to find the cash to invest in your business, and having someone in your corner to help you avoid making silly mistakes, while perhaps costly in the early days will save you literally thousands moving forwards.
 
You may choose to consider or ignore the above.
 
Either way I hope you do well and don’t end up as fitness fodder.
 
Enjoy,
Ross

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Desire, Inclusivity & More

One thing that people universally desire from any for of exercise is a result.
 
Now what this result is can differ, however there is still one that is sought after.
 
Believe it or not this is why people actually start training.
 
What keeps people training is them actually achieving the result, not just enjoying the training.
 
In my experience people always seems o enjoy their training more when they feel it’s working, doubly so when it actually works, funny that.
 
If you are honest with yourself how much would you really enjoy something that isn’t giving you any real benefit or providing you a satisfactory feeling/result?
 
Not long I’m willing to bet.
 
I don’t say this on a whim either.
 
I say it because it’s true and working with hundreds of people of the years has only proven this, despite what conventional wisdom and popular opinion may say.
 
When you’re getting nothing from something you won’t do it for long, and even if you enjoyed it at the start that won’t last.
 
One of the biggest reasons we do anything is because we want something.
 
The modern attitude will say this is selfish and should be shamed, yet is there really anything so wrong with wanting more or the best for yourself?
 
No, there isn’t.
 
(so long as you’re not hurting other people to achieve it)
 
These days we allow people to fail.
 
In fact we almost encourage it by saying things such as:
 
“You’re fine just as you are.”
“If you enjoy doing it then keep doing it.”
“Do what makes you happy.”
 
While on the outside they all seem like the right and good things to say, this isn’t always the case.
 
There are many situations where when people do what makes them happy the consequences are disastrous, same goes for not pushing people out of the comfort zone to grow and shed their shell so that they can gain a new one.
 
Personally I hold inclusivity in contempt for this.
 
You see in trying to include everyone there were two paths to take to achieve this.
 
1 – Bring them up to higher levels
2 – Lower the current levels to make it easier
 
Our modern world went for the latter and as a result it’s made a lot of people weak, both physically and mentally.
 
This isn’t good.
 
Why would you not want to bring people up?
 
Now there will be plenty of people who say this isn’t fair, it makes people feel bad and so on, which may indeed be the case, however life isn’t fair. Life has never been nor will ever be fair.
 
The easy and fair life is a pipe dream.
 
The sooner people realise that the better, and the more willing they are to accept that it’s okay to want to improve on what they have and strive for more the faster they’ll progress.
 
While it may be considered selfish to want more, that doesn’t mean it’s not a worthwhile thing to chase.
 
Thinking back to your own training over the years, what did you enjoy the most?
 
Now think about when you got the best results (or achieve a goal you really wanted), did you enjoy the training/process purely because of the training/process or was it worth it because of the reward at the end?
 
Share your thoughts below.
 
Enjoy,
Ross

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Are you brave enough to try this?

Once again we will be calling upon our friend the dice.
 
Instead of training 2-3 days per week though you’ll be training everyday, or if you want to also leave that to fate you can flip a coin to see if you’re training, then go to the dice to find out what you’re doing.
 
Here is how your training would work.
 
You’ll be doing one these movement parings:
 
– Push & Hinge
– Squat & Pull
– Loaded Carry & Sprinting
 
^^ You can do them in this sequence, meaning they repeat every 4th day, or you can choose to do only one pairing, it’s entirely up to you.
 
The exercise choice is up to you.
 
Next you will roll the pair of die, the number you see is the reps you’re doing, so 2-12 and in the case of the carry/sprint it means 20-120m.
 
Next up you will roll the pair three times, this will give you the time limit you’re training for, so 6-36min (this includes your warm up because you’ll be ramping/waving the loads/effort each set).
 
Once you’ve gotten your reps and your time limit you train.
 
The aim of this is to improve density/work capacity.
 
Give me a second I will roll the dice and see what I get for three days of training, I will pick movements too.
 
Day 1 – Deadlift & Floor Press: 4reps, 27min
Day 2 – (clean) Front Squat & Bent Over Row: 7reps, 13min
Day 3 – Bear Hug Carry & Sprint: 80m, 24min
 
Not a bad little rep/time count.
 
Th difficult thing with the above would be for the times you get a session lasting 10min or under, it would get it to the heads of most people as they’d feel their training wasn’t one enough.
 
Now this might be true, however it would give you focus in the time you had.
 
Too many people mess about and waste time and this eliminates this issue entirely, the only hard part will be picking the movements you wish to work on.
 
“It is vain to do more with what can be done with less.”
 
Enjoy,
Ross

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