Form follows function
- I'm putting this one first,
because misunderstanding this principle
leads alot of people to spend alot of
time and energy doing exercises and
activities that do not lead to
their desired results. On the
surface - and according to some old
paradigms - it may appear that
certain approaches are in your best
interest, when in fact that's absolutely
not the case.
Another way to think of this principle
is in terms of having a mindset that's
"functional" (focusing on 'whole-istic'
exercises) as opposed to a
"cosmetic"-oriented mindset (focusing on
how you believe exercises will affect
your appearance). And, in a
nutshell, the point here is that a
cosmetic approach pretty much always
fails to yield any desired results, at
all. On the other hand, a
functional approach not only enhances
one's physical capabilities, but just
happens to also be the best way to "look
better," as well.
A classic example is what I'll call the
Volume vs. intensity
- With only one or two
training-related exceptions, volume
should always be inversely related
to intensity. The exceptions I
mentioned would be applicable only
to someone just getting started
exercising (and basically starting
from ground zero), or else in a
situation where someone is focusing
on mastering a particular technique
(where mental focus matters more
than workload). Otherwise,
higher intensities (of work) cannot
be sustained to the same degree as
lower intensities. For
example, you can't run a mile at the
same speed that you can run 100
meters. Or, you can't do as
many reps with 100 lbs. as you can
with 50 lbs.
Of course, this principle is
obvious. But, knowing how to
apply it across-the-board
toward a training regimen is a sort
of art that requires certain
experience and insight in order to
keep it all on the most direct path
Quality before quantity
- Another way of saying this is "technique
is the most important thing," or "how
you do something matters way more
than how much of it you do."
Mark my words: if you don't take heed of
this principle, you will at least
minimize the benefits of your exercise
regimen... and, at most, you will
end-up injuring yourself or developing a
chronic physical problem of some kind.
There's a greater risk-reward
consideration for some exercises than
there is for others. And the
problems that develop out of improper
technique can sometime take years to
manifest in a person's daily life.
So, etch this principle into your brain.
Technique is the thing.
Let 'Nature' be your guide
- Simply put, we are part of
Nature, and it's wise to apply the
way of Nature toward the way we
There are two specific applications
of this principle that immediately
come to mind for me: (1.)
Nature is cyclical; and (2.)
Nature adapts to change. So, a
successful training program should
follow a framework that induces
strategically advantageous changes
at opportune times, in order to
elicit the best-possible results.
And, especially from a longer-term
perspective, a successful training
program should involve distinct
training cycles that reflect natural
cycles (i.e.: the four seasons).
More coming soon
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and I'll answer it !