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Information Overload!

We are bombarded every day with way more information than our brains can process.

Exercise and fitness are no exception. Everyday, there are ads, infomercials and experts promoting their system as the only way to train, and if you don't train their way then you are just short changing yourself because you will never see the results that you want. It is meant to get into our heads so that we buy their products. I have been guilty of this on multiple occasions.

At some point, I got stuck in analysis paralysis. I was too busy researching and looking for that ONE magical program that I forgot to train! I was a deer in headlights. I was frozen in the wave of over-information that unfortunately is all too common these days.

Here is what I found: There is no magical program!

What I came to discover is that the most basic of programs can be extremely effective. Simple does not have to be easy. Simple can be extremely effective. I would rather spend my energy and focus on the actual work than trying to remember the details of the complex, scientific system that I am working on.

I like to use a combination of bodyweight, barbells, kettlebell basic, compound exercises. Its all good. It all works. I stick to exercises that work many different muscles all at once such as squats, pull-ups, push-ups, swings, get-ups, hanging leg raises, and handstands. There are all kinds of variations on these that can make them harder. Whether I vary the repetitions, sets, frequency, intensity, weight, speed, rest or volume, the exercises HAVE to get progressively harder over time.

I am also a firm believer that slow and steady wins the race. I usually stick with a weight or some other variable until I own it, meaning that I can hit the reps and sets without straining for consecutive workouts. That makes short-term progress slower but it is better in the long run. It gives my joints and connective tissue more time to adapt.

It doesn't take much equipment or time to make significant changes to your health through safe, consistent, progressive exercise. Find something that you enjoy, stick with it, do something every day, and make it harder somehow over time as your body adapts.

Always remember that less is more.


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