Soon I am to be without a gym.
The place I currently train is set to close, it has had a good run however as with all good things it must come to an end.
A few good memories have been had at this simple place.
You’d find the beauty of this particular gym in the fact it had very little kit and very limited weight (200kg ish in plates, total), a pull up bar, TRX, small section of dumbbells (2-20kg) and 2 DAP cable machine.
Honestly it made for some of the most productive training I’ve had in years.
It also helped break my addictive mindset.
Personally I enjoy doing 3 movements per training session.
This seems to be the right amount of work that allows a solid focus with ample variety while also cutting out any chance of bullshit and exercise fodder.
Junk volume became a thing of the past.
Typically sessions were about 45-60min, if time was short only the main movement would be done, thus resulting in a one lift training session.
The other two lifts tended to be accessory, unless I felt like doing something more taxing.
My most favoured one lift sessions:
When the main lift didn’t feel like it was enough some ultra basic superset tactics would be utilised:
Front Squat & Straight Leg DL
Sumo DL & Floor Press
Press & Pull Up
The typical session would look like this:
100x Rows (bodyweight, bar or DB)
Main lift – 45min of S/B/DL/P
100x Reverse Flies*
*Alternated session to session with tricep work
Yep, back would be done first and last, mainly for postural purposes and some feeling of the posterior chain.
I’m also not adverse to doing a few hundred kettlebell swings in a day (or perhaps 100 snatches) just because I feel like it, the posterior chain is king and needs to be treated as such.
It’s not much, at least it’s honest though.
You’ve now had an insight into the training I do.
There is less emotional attachment to specific movements these days, for that I’m thankful.
Training is just training at the end of the day.
If you don’t squat for 6 months no one is going to care, not really. That doesn’t mean you won’t train your legs in some way shape of from, it just means you wont necessarily do it by squatting.
Oh yes, you don’t need to train in the classic body building or Frankenstein method (by body part).
You can choose to train the way you desire.
There are not training police. No underground triad that will cut off the tip of your little finger for not training like a body builder (they only do that if you dishonour/fail them, phew).
You may be aware my philosophy of training evolved.
It was once about doing it all,now it’s about simply doing better.
Get really really good at something, or a few things, take them to their limit then be happy and give them a break and do something entirely different.
You know when it’s time to give something away (movement/exercise wise) when you start to get emotionally attached to it.
Ideally you give it away before this happens.
One way to hep you do this is to find a gym that has very little to offer in the way of kit because in that you’ll find it’s true gift, freedom.
Remember this the next time you’re presented a choice.
Instead of choosing fashion (creature comforts, shiny kit and all the trimmings).