Training is really pretty simple. There’s no real need to get overly fancy with loading schemes, training tempos and all the other “stuff” people want to complicate things with.
In fact, most people only need to focus on the basics and get really really good at those in order to get the results they want. The problem is that most people don’t get good enough at these basics to ever see results.
Here are a few basic things to master. Get these right and you can’t fail to get the results you want. If in doubt, remember,
K.I.S.S. – Keep It Simple, Stupid.
- Training reasonably hard, consistently, beats insane intensity once in a while.
- For fat loss, diet beats exercise. Every. Single. Time.
- Sleep and recovery are important. You only have so much ability to handle stress before you start to break down.
- Planning meals and training sessions takes a lot of stress out of try to find time for them. There are always other demands on your time and these 2 always the ones to be put aside.
- Following from point one, appropriate intensity should leave you feeling like you’ve been challenged but not beat you up. For about 9 months of the year. The other 3 months (2x 6 week blocks) should be used to turn up the intensity of either diet or training to go attack specific goals.
- Get good at the basic movements. A squat variation, a deadlift or hinge variation, a push and pull option, and some heavy carry variations. You need a lot less variation than you think.
- Get outside and walk more. Yes, really. If you are looking to get leaner, walking is an easy way to burn more calories. If you are training heavy, it’s a great way to get some low-intensity cardio in and help with recovery.