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There is something that all those who give up have in common.
They lack discipline.
When training is no longer fun, the initial wave of motivation has worn off and they realise their trainer was entertaining them instead of actually training them it can leave many deflated.
Sadly there can be no lessons without a cost.
Well, unless you heed the words above in which case you’ll save a lot of money and wasted time.
The shine of training wears off in anywhere from 1-3 years.
Believe it or not this isn’t hyperbole, it’s the truth.
As such you need to create the habit of discipline.
Like anything it’s a skill and need practice to master.
Stephen king used to set aside 4 hours to write according to a little book I read based on how he writes.
Initially this wasn’t his natural ‘flow’ time because such a thing doesn’t just happen on a whim, it’s created.
There was conscious sacrifice and the reward was skill.
You see success is about how much you’re willing to give (of yourself) and what you’re willing to give away (creature comforts).
There is always a price to pay, the question is a can you afford it?
Rather can you afford not to pay it if you truly want to become something more than you currently are, that is the real question here.
How many times have you given up on something, not because of any cosmic catastrophe or unforeseen circumstance, just because you gave in to the weight of it?
^^ Give this some thought.
You don’t have to want anything in life, yet if you do then you’ll find having an iron clad discipline will come in handy.
Recently I’ve been working on some volume in my lifting days (2 per week).
The first attempts were based around a basic ladder (or pyramid, however you say it) of 1-20 in a superset with another movement performed at a static rep range.
The first few times I tried to complete the full ladder everything went around set 15-17.
In the subsequent attempts a random approach of reps was tried, still use the 1-20, just not in sequential order.
This meant a mixture of set intensities, so 20reps followed by perhaps 17, then 3,6,1,19, allowing for some interesting feelings lifting wise.
It made hitting the 210 rep total far more enjoyable.
Selecting random rep numbers each set with a static load can make for quite an interesting training session, all you need do is choose a total amount of reps (or tonnage if that’s your thing) and go for it.
This means you’re not sticking in the 10-15 rep range, or the 6-8 rep range, although that is indeed an option, you can use whatever rep you like (my aim currently is once solid 5×20 can be done or 3×30 then the load needs increasing).
You can track progress in the following was if you keep the load the same for say 3-5 sessions.
- Time taken to hit rep goal
- Number of higher rep sets utilised
- Total amount of sets used
- Your HR during/post (a great forgotten gem to track)
^ When you hit the target you can change the movement variation or increase the load, dealers choice.
Well worth your time, especially if like myself you’re only lifting two days per week currently.
Here is my current protocol –
A1 – Trap Bar DL – 210 total reps
A2 – Pressing Variation (any) – 100 total reps
B1 – Pulling Variation (any) – 100 total reps – if time provides
A1 – Squatting Variation – 210 total reps
B1 – Pulling variation (any) – 100 total reps
B2 – Pressing Variation (any) – 100 total reps
It’s not fancy, it is however very effective.
Say you don’t hit the rep goals first try, don’t sweat, well do sweat just don’t worry, keep working until you do then perhaps change the variation.
Your body is a fascinating machine, capable of many wondrous things, yet you park it behind a desk and allow it to slowly rust into oblivion.
The sign of youth is the ability to run, jump, throw, climb, tumble and turn with ease.
All things I know a great many adults have already lost.
Now these are not even older adults either, they’re people in their 30’s, this is truly shocking.
To grow old chronologically is inevitable.
To grow old physically is optional.
You have the choice to train in such a way that keeps you not only feeling younger, moving like you did in your 20’s or perhaps even when you were a sprightly 18year old again, it can also knock 10 years of your physical appearance (often more).
How can you achieve this with Odd Training?
Easy, all you need to do is to run, jump, throw, climb, tumble and turn daily.
The gym is a temple to me, I love it and all things training related on a deeply personal level, however I’m not so blind as to see it’s limitations and dogma.
Much like the narrow minded view of the Jedi.
All of your training doesn’t need to be body building, or powerlifting, or weightlifting, or CrossFit, or Endurance Races and all other ilk that is just ‘common’ gym practice.
While they are all great tools, they’re just tools.
Plus they can become very dull very quickly.
Taking the above in hand here is an example of the Odd Training touched on, this is a 3 day apr week protocol –
Day 1 –
A1 – Sprint 200-400m (vary distance & RAMP pace) x20min
^ Include drills like leg skips, clawing the floor etc.
B1 – Kettlebell Singel Arm Swing x10
B2 – Tame the Arc Clean x5
B3 – Kettlebell Shot-put Throw x1
^ Rest 60sec, alternate arms each set for 20min
C1 – Movement Patterns – Crawling x20min
Day 2 –
A1 – Wall/Bound/Step Jumps (single or double leg) x20min
^ Start off with short distances, stick the landings and jump in multiple directions.
B1 – Sandbag Clean & Throw Over Shoulder x10 (5L/R)
B2 – Sandbag TGU x1 (L/R sides)
B3 – Rolling Pistol Squat x20 (10L/R)
^ Rest 2-3min, repeat for 20min
C1 – Climbing (anything you can find) x20min
Day 3 –
A1 – Hammer/Discus Throw x20min
^ Use a light load half turn/step, alternatively use a small plate, KB, med-ball etc, just keep it light (less than 4kg)
B1 – Clean x1
B2 – Push Press x3-5
B3 – Squat (front, back or overhead) x3-5
^ Keep rest to a minimum, use any kit you like (bar, KB, DB, sandbag, a person, etc), repeat for 20min
C1 – Tumbling x20min
^ Driving forward rolls, teddybear rolls, backward rolls, basically play like a child does, just take it easy and only do that which your body allows you, over time you can take this up a notch.
Looking at the above, how much of it do you do?
This training is not that which you’ll often see because people are scared of it because they’ve grown old mentally.
Think of it this way, if you can reach 70 years young and have absolutely no fear of falling over because it’s something you CHOOSE to do 2-3 days per week you’ll never be one of those people who says –
“I’ve had a fall.”
Dare to be different, age is as much a state of mind as it is degradation of your body, however it can only happen if you allow it.
Time to decide what is more important.
The Longevity & Health of the Young, or sitting on your ass growing old, weak and round.
You should investigate this thoroughly.
In the end though the choice is yours, just remember whatever you do choose to do start off slow with thing and build up over time.