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“If you can’t work hard enough in 2 sessions, why do you feel you can do better with 6?”
^^ That made me think.
In a world where more is seen as better, and in certain circumstances it is 100% true, however that might not be the case for your training in the gym.
Recently the writings of one Marty Gallagher have found their way in to my library once again.
He speaks a very similar message to that of Brooks Kubik, Kirk Karwoski, Ed Coan and many other strong individuals who each champion not only focus, tracking your numbers to ensure increasing volume, but also putting in a solid effort in your main training sessions, then taking your foot of the gas when you have deload weeks.
It’s easy to get caught running through the motions when it comes to lifting weights.
This is in fact very easy, so much so that many of us may have even been in this place for years unknowingly.
A scary thought.
One good way to know if you’re there is to ask yourself this simple question – When was the last time you made progress?
That progress could be in the form of better form, more weight on the bar, an aesthetic goal, it doesn’t matter, what is important is when did you last make progress, real progress.
As fitness enthusiasts we often get caught between the proverbial rock and hard place, unable to escape it, often for fear of losing what we have, if we’re not doing what we’re doing.
Surely you could get better results only doing 2-3 sessions per week, you’d be silly to keep doing 6+, right?
However many will not change their ways, they can’t, it’s too hard and the fear of loss kicks in. I’ve been there, it’s a terrible pace to be.
If we are to look back at some of the strongest people over they years they seemed to train at most, 4 days per week.
In this time they hit each muscle group twice (due to exercise cross over).
Now as mentioned above and in the writings of old, 2-3 sessions per week was more than enough to make solid progress on, especially at the level most of us are at (not world champion lifters).
So why do more for the sake of it?
Ask yourself these questions:
– Am I making progress?
– When was my last PB?
– Do I need to do more, really?
– Is my recovery 100%?
– Are each of my sessions focused?
– Could I be doing too much?
Just some food for thought.
If you fancy a good read give the Purposeful Primitive some of your time, you won’t regret it.
You’ve been given movement patterns and correlated lifts.
Potential rep goals with varied rep ranges/protocols.
Today it’s time for the third piece of the puzzle that is –
Same yet different.
If you’ve been taking the time to write down each element as requested to, you should find that things are starting to form what some call a ‘matrix’ where you can select from and create multiple variations of this lifting philosophy.
The third and final part, it’s easy yet hard.
You must listen to your body and be honest with yourself.
The matrix you’ve now cerated will provide all the potential variation you need.
Unfortunately the tricky part will be consistency and allowing yourself to enjoy the training.
This is one common flaw I see in a lot of programs.
People just don’t like them.
Many will assume that doing the latest fad, or copying someone else will work just as well for them, and sometimes it does until it doesn’t.
Making progress isn’t easy.
It’s even harder if you loath your training.
The premise behind ‘same yet different’ is simply to let you know that there’s options and if you don’t enjoy something you can change it if you truly feel you need to.
Nothing is set it stone, even Caliburn.
You might think that everything you’ve read so far just doesn’t gel with you and that’s great if you do.
Just be honest with yourself, your goal and your training.
Of course if you give the above a fair chance you’ll find it works rather well and gives you plenty of opportunity to progress.
The choice is yours.