Just a few things w/e 11/4/21

Only 2 more weeks until the gyms re-open! Are you planning on getting back in straight away? Or are you going to be holding off for a while?

If you are getting back in, here are a few things to remember:

  • It’s been at least 3 months since you were in, maybe it’s been over a year, take a couple of weeks to work on technique with lighter loads. There’s no benefit to rushing back to what you were lifting before just to injure yourself and be forced to take more time off.
  • If you’ve been moderately active with home workouts, then chances are you’ve retained most of your muscle mass, but if you haven’t been lifting heavy things, your strength will have dropped off. It doesn’t matter right now, what you used to lift. Start where you are and build from there.
  • You have (hopefully) loads of time to get your strength back up, pay attention to your recovery and take whatever time you need to do it. There’s no rush.
  • Find a good plan and follow it. Having a strategy in place and being consistent with it, will make a massive difference.

We often think that having more options is better, that increased choice leads to more satisfaction. So we want to build meal plans with loads of different options and loads of choice, but this can be a mistake.

Research has shown time and again that the more options we have access to, the harder it is to make a decision, and often we feel less satisfied with that decision.

From a nutrition point of view, the more options you have, the more obstacles you put in your own way, with increased ingredients lists, more prep time and so on.

By simplifying your choices, and we probably only use 6-8 meals on a regular basis, we make it easier to stay on track and be consistent.

So if you find you’re struggling with the paradox of choice, simplify your options and get the benefits.


I made this video for Instagram but thought I’d share it here too.

 

The height of your kettlebell on a swing is a representation of the power you are able to develop.

Less power = lower height

More power = more height (and you just have to control the top position).

There is no need to drag the kb higher using your arms and shoulders to reach some arbitrary height as I often see people do. That is how shoulder and neck injuries happen. So focus on technique, make your hip drive more snappy and strength and power will come.

Enjoy the rest of your day,

Stay strong,

Dave

 

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