I'm just getting started on this page, so there's much more to come.

In the meantime, here are a few ideas to get us started...

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 "sit-ups misconception"...

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 to progress.

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.  Technique... technique... technique !!

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 workout.

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 -  Have a specific question about anything?  Email me and I'll answer it !

 

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