My number one priority this New Year was to get back to basics in my training. The most basic and efficient program around is 5/3/1 by Jim Wendler. The program is straight and to the point. Lift weights at a lighter percentage than your 1-Rm and make small, incremental gains over the long run.
I previously wrote about my lack of improvement in strength over the past 4 years. Not only did this piss me off, it forced me to analyze the problem under a microscope.
The bottomline was that I was searching for a shortcut. A shortcut to a better physique. A shortcut to higher maxes. A shortcut for everything.
“Hacks” have become all the rage over the past few years (coincidence??). People trying to find shortcuts to achieve all of their goals and find happiness or the like.
The problem doesn’t lie within the hacks. Anytime you can find a more efficient way of doing something by all means, do it!
The problem is the loss of the process. Most people, myself included, utilize these hacks as ways to speed up the results. Think of yourself driving through a stretch of the country. If you drive slow, you will reach your destination at a later time but will spend more time observing and taking note of the drive.
If you speed up however, you will not only get to your destination faster but you lose the joy of the drive.
If I could have a conversation with myself four years ago, I would have told him to stick to the process and trust that you’ll get to where you want. Things will come and go, fluff will try to complicate your training but if you stick your principles, the results will be there.
My advice to you would be exactly the same. Analyze your program. Why are you doing what you are doing? What is the simplest version of your program? Do that. Minimize the amount of crap you are doing and be completely focused on getting really good at a handful of things rather than everything.
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