May 082012

The other day I was speaking to a co-worker about exercise, as I often do. To be specific, I was hassling him about how I left a bar loaded for deadlifts in the gym and I hadn’t seen him lift it EVEN ONCE. (Yes, I engage in a particularly specific and odd form of bullying-toward-better.)

The guy I was talking to has a history of training fairly dedicatedly, having large periods where he exercises in the gym after work 3 or so times a week. It was interesting to me then that he asked:

“I sometimes set the bar with just 20kg a side, so about 50kg total, then I’ll just do about 50 or so in the space of about 5 minutes, just trying to get it done pretty much as fast as I can.
Do you think that’s doing any good? Is it worth doing?

Sometimes I forget what it was like exercising BEFORE I found Gym Movement Protocol and the people associated with it. I remember doubting myself and looking to books and plans and other people’s opinions of what was “worth doing”, but it seems so long ago now.
For those that are still wondering about these things, I’ll give you my very brief summary…

Shortest Answer

Get a copy of Martial Arts MasterPlan, as it is the only product on the market (as of time of this post) that is teaching the Gym Movement Protocol and how to make sure your progress is working WITH your body for greater benefit and on-going health.

Longer Answer

The two worst things, in my mind, that defeat people from progressing are stagnation and the wrong kind of focus.

People stagnate too easily, when they are not being guided or listening to their bodies. They plug away at the same form of exercise in the same mode over and over and over and expect progress. This is not logical to me.

People also tend to focus on ONE metric at a time, rather than spreading their training. Runners focus on their 5K time, forgetting their 2K or their sprint time or merely their maximum comfortable distance. Lifters focus on the maximum weight they can do a “working set” for and often refuse to lift lighter in different modes (often an ego-related thing, I would guess).

“How do you know if an exercise is doing you any good?”

  • Do you enjoy it?
  • Is it progressing?
  • Is it generally known to address any issue/area you want to address?
  • Did you do it within your capabilities, so you can expand them?

In a nutshell, if it meets those 4 criteria… you’re probably good!

But remember… refinement is ALWAYS possible, but taking positive action is more important than theory. Picking up Martial Arts MasterPlan is highly likely to give you a big jump forward in advancing both the constructive nature of your training AND your enjoyment of it.

Good luck!

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