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You’d spend thousands on your pets to ensure they have the best health, quality of food and quality of life.
Why on earth won’t you invest that same amount on yourself?
People are truly weird in that regard.
Now I can understand that for some their pets are like their children, or as many say “They’re my babies.”.
Our human need for unconditional love and something to depend on/need us to provide a sense of purpose is quite the interesting trait.
You’ll easily find people who willingly and without hesitation spend more money on they pets than themselves.
While we can of course invest our hard earned cash however we choose why not invest it in our own longevity?
Being brutally honest, pets will die long before you do.
Well, unless you have a turtle or a parrot, they seem to live forever.
Knowing this you’d do well to put at least a matched effort in to your own wellbeing as you would theirs.
Take this for example –
Your pet gets fat, what do you do?
Go to the vet and have them advise you to feed the animal less, exercise it more and get it’s health markers back to normal.
You do this with unquestioning resolve.
Have a human Dr say the same to you and you get butt hurt because they fat shamed you and just because your BMI is over where it should be that doesn’t mean you’re not healthy.
While that is potentially true, elevated BMI’s are still a warning, regardless is yours is due to excessive body fat or muscle.
You see in regards to your build you can only support so much weight on your frame before it becomes an issue, regardless.
Back to the point, put in as much effort to keeping yourself in tip top shape as you would your beloved pets.
Or don’t because at this stage in my life I’ve honestly had enough of the general idiocy of the world and feel that if people wish to lead a life that shortens their time here then they can fill their boots.
A new day has broken through the starlit canvass of night, and I think it’s going to be a good one.
Over the weekend a companion that has been with me for through thick and thin in the gym for the last 3 years has finally retired.
Training diary 13, it’s been a blast, now you can rest and thank you for all the wisdom you’ve shared with me.
A concise record of your gym antics is an essential tool.
Keeping track of the lads lifted, volume totalled, lifts made and missed, can give you vital information in regards to what worked, for how long, what you didn’t focus on enough and the things you need to be doing to progress.
While not everyone keeps a diary, most people these days do track what they’re doing.
Be this in the form of videos, photos, YouTube training complications or IG live, some tracking goes on.
It seems to be fashionable or heroic to say – “I don’t track, I remember it all.”.
Maybe they do, maybe they don’t, however it just sounds like ego to me.
Why think you’ve remember it correctly when you can KNOW you’ve remember it correctly because it’s immortalised in some form of tracking, like that in a training diary.
Many would rather talk a good game than record what actually goes on and have it written in stone.
Then again, stones too, can lie.
So today was a new training protocol.
I’ve opted for a 6 week modified Delorme protocol.
The Classic Delorme: 3x10x50-75-100% 10RM
^ A solid endeavour that really works if you give it a true effort, many will feel it’s not enough work however to me that means they’re not quite putting in a good effort.
^^ If you’d like to do the above yet feel it’s just not enough then still use the loading perimeters (50-75-100% 10RM) and use this rep protocol: 20-15-10.
So how does the version I am dong differ from the above?
Let’s take a look.
The Modified Delorme: 5×5-5-5 (50-75-100% 10RM)
Day 1: 5×5-5-5 (50-75-100% 10RM) – max series (up to 5)
Day 2: Match total successful series on D1 @5×50% 10RM
Day 3: Match Series on D1 @5-5×50-75% 10RM
– Two lift focus – Bench Press & Deadlift
– Up to 1min rest between 5’s, then 3min rest between series
– When 5 series completed with good form on Monday add load
You might be wondering where my other movements are.
Fear not, the Pulling, Squatting & Carries will be in at the end of the session as accessory work following a rep protocol that takes my fancy on the day.
This will keep total time training to a minimum.
Because for my own personal goals I need to break the old mindset of ‘train more’ that is creeping back in, my last training diary highlighted this was beginning to find its way back into my life again.
The above is only 6 weeks.
If I personally can’t stuck to that then what good am I to the world?
Sometimes we need to stay on a path and see the journey through to the end.
Too much hopping about has been apparent in my training.
Time to stop that.
So dear readers, do you have a training diary?
If yes, what has it taught you and if no, why do you feel you don’t need one?
Do share your thoughts below.
How many days per week should you train?
2, 3, 4, 5, 6, all of them?
Honestly it doesn’t really matter too much so long as your consistent.
You know there are people who hit the gym only twice a week and make more progress than those who frequent it 6 days and train twice per day.
It comes down to the premise of quality or quantity.
Technically you need both.
I know, it’s quite irritating.
The more quality you can put out the better progress you will make, that’s just how it goes, however no one starts off being able to do that, despite what fitness guy’s and influencers tell you.
Back in the day my philosophy for my own training was very much about all or nothing, luckily this didn’t extend to my clients and was purely pushed on myself.
Ironically many clients made great progress on 2-3 days of training per week.
Then there was me, slogging it away with multiple gym sessions, essentially every day and being honest there was very little to show for it.
When you keep digging in to your training tanks your body stops adapting and overcoming the stimulus, it merely learns to survive at any cost.
You will also find your body becomes more efficient.
Yep, it’s clever like that, so it ends up using less energy, especially when you place more demand on it.
Less resources become available for growth, progress and overall health and eventually the wheels fall of the wagon and you get hurt.
Then comes the mental anguish.
Along with the realisation that you’d become quite addicted to the gym, and despite all your ‘hard work’ you’ve very little to show for it.
I speak from experience on this one.
Even though personally I;ve always been lean and looked in shape (by the standards of an average person), I was causing a lot of internal damage and just not making the progress I felt I deserved or should have been.
Even knowing everything I knew, hubris got in the way.
Training should enhance our lives, not detract or dictate it.
If you find yourself binning off social events, or actually living because you MUST get to the gym less you miss your training then you’ve got a problem.
Seriously, it’s quite a big problem as well.
Addiction, regardless of the form is still addiction and at some point it goes pas the point of being helpful or even good for you and becomes toxic.
How does the old saying go – The poisons in the dose.
Or is it – The dose makes the poison.
Either way, I’m sure you get it.
I understand though, why you end up in this place.
We live in a very shallow and superficial world.
Both women & men are only as valuable as what they have to offer in regards to the majorities perception of them.
Better looking people get more opportunities in life, many may disagree, however it’s called the ‘Halo Affect’, a very real thing.
I spoke to a friend recently about this and they got rather put out by it and reacted emotionally as they don’t want people to think they only did well because of their looks, yet that is the exact reason they got offered as many opportunities as they did.
All of this brings us back to how many days we should train per week.
2 or 7, multiple times a day or just once.
My advice, 2-4 times per week is plenty for everyone.
These days I’d urge people to look at doing 2 gym sessions a week.
If you feel the need to doing something daily and move, that’s not a bad thing as you can pick something to practice, be that 20min of yoga, kettlebell work, bodyweight skill or something else entirely.
There are many many options available to us and in all honesty you can do which ever you enjoy the most.
Just beware the little gym monster of addiction.
It sits on your shoulder and tells you that you’ll never be good enough, lean enough, big enough, strong enough, or worthy.
When you start having these thoughts it’s time to step back from the gym and reduce training frequency before it gets worse.
Just something to remember.