Monthly Archives: May 2020
Today is going to be about me.
Not often anything gets directly written in regards to what goes on upstairs.
This is because it’s in all honesty not worth knowing.
Anyway, let us start of with training and why the minimalistic avenue has been a favoured prescription of mine in the these more recent years.
I’m quite obsessive, in regards to life you may say one is like a dog with a bone, once the teeth are clamped down it’s going to be devoured come hell or high water.
This provides unreal focus and allows the mind/thoughts to spend out like lightning, it can be very useful and also incredibly dangerous.
Training wise in the past it wasn’t uncommon to forgo social events, eating and at some point sleeping to get in training.
Any results were lack-lustre in truth.
While the average person may look on with reverence and wish they had achieved similar (usually strength/physique related) they had no idea how little ROI there actually was because of just doing too much.
Chasing too many rabbits as it were.
Then came the Minimalist Approach, not new by any means and called a lot of different things – abbreviated training, divided training, low frequency, and various other terms.
Keeping the idea of “Inch wide, mile deep” was very appealing.
Getting as close to mastery as possible before moving on helped reduce the tendency to do too much, until it didn’t.
When you love training, just because you love it, explaining it to people that don’t share that view is tricky. Yet it’s the same as people who smoke, drink excessively or partake in whatever it is they do as their obsession, when you strip away everything that is.
I’ve found that people will often get quite nasty towards people who have that deep love for training because of jealousy, as arrogant as it sounds.
They don’t like the fact they don’t look they way they want to, can’t perform the sporting feats they once did and have basically gotten old, fat and useless. So what is the point in them – from a training standing point that is, meaning why even entertain their attitude when they won’t make the necessary lifestyle changes to better them selves physically.
Less for crippling injury or medical condition there is no viable reason for people not to be in shape, it’s pure gluttony.
^ Quite a nasty way to see people, and one I’ve tried of years to rid myself of, unsuccessfully.
A deep help value that is as destructive as it is… well, I guess it’s just destructive.
Hence why when people will ask for ‘the truth’ you’ll often hear me really trying to see if they actually want it or if they’re just after some nice words.
All of the above stemmed from some random childhood happening where the feeling, burden of needing to be the best, or to be worthy was born.
At this point it was so long ago I couldn’t even begin to tell you where it came from.
Now this isn’t the ‘best’ in reference to world level, it’s an internal thing.
It’s why when people get into training care is taken not to infect them with this poisonous attitude, yet that doesn’t always succeed.
Hence why doing less better has been a mantra of mine.
It keeps the obsessive demons at bay just enough.
So, as a word of warning to anyone reading this, don’t end up in this place because once you venture into this void you will lose a bit of who you were and bring back something that you don’t realise is there until it’s too late and it’s now become an integral part of ‘you’.
Worst of all, you’ll one day realise it and enjoy it too.
Dark territory indeed, don’t make that mistake.
Enjoy your training, after all, training (unless an elite athlete) should enhance your life, not take away or consume it.
Often time when people complain of not knowing what to do, stripping things back to the bare essentials suddenly has them remembering they know more than they let on.
While staring up at a clear blue sky yesterday I allow my thoughts to wonder.
Seeing them pass by, some fast, others slow.
These three threads lingered long enough to pull on.
1 – Have conviction in your goal.
2 – Sacrifice is necessary for success.
3 – A sensible 1000 rep training protocol.
Yep, the last one had me sit up an write it down before it vanished into the ether.
Here is how it works:
500 reps – mobility/restorative work -10-15min
Meaning it’s done in the warm up, say sets of 50 reps per movement, gives you 10 total movements and can be easily done in 15min.
I wondered where this came from, then realised since I’ve personally been doing ‘movement’ work before my JJ drilling I total around this many reps across the movements used to warm up.
Cawls, Kosac lunges, band pull apart, arm circles, etc.
As a result aches/pains in specific areas has dissipated, movement have improved and I’ve been able to ‘find’ another area that has been restricting my shoulder (intercostals funnily enough) because of better feeling/sensitivity.
300 reps – Wenning Warm Up -10-15min
A great little gem from Matt Wenning, I will link the video because his explanation is worth 10min of your time.
The only difference is using 3 movements instead of his recommended 4.
The three cover: Prime Mover, Synergist, Stabilisers.
Now to the last part.
200 reps – Main Work – 30 to 45min
This can be from one lift only, such as ‘Squat 10x20x120kg’ or you can have 100 reps for your main lift and 100 for accessory work, the breakdown of the 200 reps is up to you.
Personal bias likes these options:
– Main Lift Only
– Main Lift & 1 Supplementary Lift (agonist or antagonist)
– Main Lift & 2 Supplementary Lifts (agonist or antagonist)
All very simple, and would last anywhere for 50-75min total.
Of course this doesn’t delve into the tempo you can play with, the rep breakdowns or overall programming, it’s just a novel way of using a 1000 rep system to your advantage.
Give it some thought.