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“I can tell you everything you NEED to know yet it won’t be what you WANT to know and because of this truth you’ll reject me.”
^^ I heard that recently, really made me think.
There are certain doors in our mind that will remain shut until the day we’re ready to open them, and to tell you the truth that day may never come.
In the sots you’ve perhaps read on here over the years you’ll find the topics vary somewhat however they are largely bis toward fitness/training.
Which makes sense as this is a fitness related page 😂
Everything that is shared has no ulterior motive.
It’s simply shared because it can be.
Some find things useful, others don’t, that’s life and in the end something that we will just have to accept because we’ve got no other choice.
Speaking of training, lately I’ve been doing a fair amount of higher rep work.
Things such as 10×20, or 20×10, 20 down to 1, 25×5 and other high volume madness.
After spending a fair few years doing no more than 6 reps on big lifts (often no more than 3 in reality) I felt there was a need for change because my mental strength has wained somewhat.
Yep, I got lazy and was merely running through the motions.
In most session to be fair and I used a lot of different logical justifications for this when in reality I was just being lazy because I’d lost the oomph and joy for lifting I once had.
This happens to us all because after the peak there will always be a cliff.
I fell off that cliff and while now at a higher low point the the previous one I was in (strength/ability wise etc), it was still a drop off from what was.
I didn’t want to accept the fact I now had another mountain to climb ahead of me.
Thus I warped reality to suit what I wanted to believe.
^^ Sounds familiar to you?
Anyway, back to the point.
We try to stay on the peak and begin to lift the same weights, perform the same movements, attempt to train at the same level of intensity all to remain on our self appointed pedestal.
Our ego won’t allow us to gracefully step down.
As such reality comes along and gives us a rather vicious push.
I get it you know.
It’s hard to accept that many things in life come in the form of peaks and valleys.
This is why these days I quite like this question:
‘Are you progressing?’
^^ or moving forwards, or learning, or adapting or whatever you wish to call it.
I also like to ask it 5 times because the first 2-4 are often hyperbole and the last one can yield the true/real answer.
Combine this with also asking ‘why?’ and you’ve got a potent mix for some internal growth and learning.
Be warned though because it’s not comfortable.
To truly accept all that you are and become who you want to be you must first accept all the things you are not and that you pretend to be all to keep up appearances.
^^ That shit is hard.
So my dear readers, if you’ve made it this far I applaud you.
It’s fair to say I ramble on a fair bit.
Now that you are here though ask yourself the following three questions:
– Am I really progressing?
– What do I not address (in life, training etc) and why?
– Is this really me or just what I think I should be?
If you’re up for it leave your answers in the comments section below with they all important ‘why’.
Strength is also a skill too.
You can be strong, yet not have the right strength for a given situation.
It is in this knowledge things can become rather frustrating because we all want to progress, to become the best version of ourselves or whatever idealistic tome you wish to follow.
In truth you’ve just got to look at the big picture called life and see what kind of strength YOU will need the majority of the time.
When you’ve established this you can devote the bulk of your training time to that, then save say 20% of that time for other training styles (be those strength, endurance, anaerobic etc) that you enjoy to keep you consistent.
Obviously you can simply choose to train in the way you most enjoy, nothing wrong with that approach so long as you remember it might not be the most productive path for you to live your best life, yet that’s on you.
The next time you get stuck or feel at a loss for training ask yourself these questions –
1 – What strength do I need?
(physical, endurance, cardiovascular etc)
2 – Why do I need this style of training?
(the purpose of it all)
3 – How long & how often will I need to do this for?
(answer this one honestly)
These questions three will help you gain some clarity for your training and allow you to make the most optimal choices.
GPP vs SPP.
General physical preparedness.
Special/Specific physical preparedness.
Some will ask which is better and the answer will always be; it depends.
If you have a solid goal then SPP will rule the roost and GPP will fall in line to help bolster the goal.
Yet say your goal is a loose one, you merely want to be a half decent allrounder, then in that case you ca pick and choose when you use SPP and have the majority of your training in the GPP area.
Do remember though that it often means you will never excel at anything and in fact more than likely not even end up as mediocre in the majority of things because of too much choice.
All this being said, here is something those of you that don’t really have a goal and just want to train can utilise in your training.
I call it the 50%-100%-200% Method.
You will use the above percentages in reference to your body weight on the movements you’re going to do.
So that could mean bodyweight barbell curls and double bodyweight press overhead as a superset if you’re some sort of genetic beast lobster (50% curl and 100% press will do for most).
Sets and reps can be up to you because the options for that are endless.
Take this example 3 day template for starters:
W/U – Clean & Press w/sandbag x50% x AMRAP x 15min
A1 – DL x 200% x6x4
B1 – Bench Press x100% x3 xAMRAP
C/D – Stretching/Yoga
W/U – Farmers Walk x50% x max total distance in 15min
A1 – SQ x 200% x8x3
B1 – Bent Over Row 100% x4-5 xAMRAP
C/D – Stretching/Yoga
W/U – Sled Push/Pull x50% x max total distance in 15min
A1 – Press x 100% x12x2
B1 – Pull Up x 50% x 8×3
C/D – Stretching/Yoga
The above if with mostly standard gym kit, however doing the above with awkward objects can be a great way to build ‘old time strength’ along with an epic amount of conditioning.
Often times we get some of our best results when we limit our choices because we have no other option than to put in some hard graft that has a defined purpose.
Try the simple loading strategy above and see how you get on.
Personally I’d lean towards working on volume/density as the main drivers, so getting out max reps (with good form) in specific time frames or more reps in the same time.
You might have heard this called EDT (escalating density training), Charles Staley is the man to look up for article on this.
If you dislike an objective view of things then you best stop reading.
You won’t be judged, shamed or have your profile smeared.
Yet if you are someone interested in hearing a few bitter pills to swallow then please continue on.
I’ve heard many a conversation in many a gym over the years.
In the last decade though there has been an underlying tone in a lot of them; life, the world or however you describe it seems to owe ‘them’ (the collective them, as in everyone) something.
The world, people, what/whoever doesn’t own you jack shit.
In this life while there are those born with a silver spoon in far better stead than others and are presented all the opportunities, that doesn’t mean that just because you haven’t had this that you’re owed something.
People have become very weak-minded these days.
Take the example above, I’m sure you know someone who has it all.
They never asked for it all, they just happened to be one of those few who happened to get it due to the hard work and sacrifice of someone in their daily at some point.
Same will be true for your progeny.
Whatever you achieve and the foundations you lay will be used but hem to get a better foothold in life.
The people of the 20’s, 30’s, 40’s all did this for their young.
Then there was a time of bountiful harvests, follow day people gaining the attitude of being entitled and this is where things started to go wrong.
Sadly we are entitled to nothing in this life.
To be alive and have things as good as we have them is already a gift.
Don’t believe me?
If you’re reading this then I’d say you’ve already got it better than some who either will never have the chance to use modern technologies or others who have had their basic humans rights stripped away, not naming any northern countries or anything.
This is why I love fitness.
It keeps you humble because you don’t get results without effort, sacrifice and time given to the iron gods.
True enough some people have better genetics.
If you feel yours are lacking and that you should have better ones then I truly hope that txt time you choose to be born of better parents.
Think back to school, you had all the gifted kids and most of them now will be nothing more than a memory because they wasted the 3 space head start they had and rested on their laurels.
Anyone who gets a head start in life while lucky isn’t guaranteed success because the world doesn’t owe it to them, remember that.
So my dear friends, have you ever felt that you deserve more than you have?
That you’re owed something for nothing because reasons.
Sorry buttercup, you ain’t.
Neither am I.
We may not ever get what we feel we deserve, yet is what we feel we deserve actually what we are due? – Now there is a good thought.
Do what you can without the thought of reward just because you can.
In the end if you’ve given whatever you see as a priority everything you have to give you’ll probably be satisfied with what you have in the end.
Don’t except the world to cater to you for nothing.
Life doesn’t work that way for most of us.
Also if you’ve been one of the few to start severals steps ahead of the rest I am happy for you, truly. Now use that opportunity to do great things and don’t fuck it up.
To everyone else I will say one last thing….
There’s always a bigger fish.
Getting in all the volume you need can be a bit of a grind.
Not just physically but mentally too.
Here is a little method to help break up the monotony of lots of sets in a session.
Main lift – 1/2 of your working sets
Accessory work – one or two lifts
Main lift – the remaining 1/2 of you working sets
^^ this can also be done in 1/4’s set volumes where you have an accessory or supplementary lift in between the main lift and all the set you need to do.
One thing to not is that this works well if your main movement has a total amount of sets creeping over 15+. 10 sets can be done in one go, might be hard however very doable, when you’ve got to do say 20 sets of just one lift (for whatever reasons that may be) you’ll find it can be the mentally draining aspect that gets you as opposed to the lifting itself.
*Ideally you’d simply break down all your set volume across the week and train more frequently for higher MPS and all that jazz, however life isn’t always going to provide us with the ideal training environment.
Just something to consider.