I don’t know about you, but I sometimes feel guilty
about taking time off from training.
I know I shouldn’t.
My body needs it.
My mind needs it.
Yet somehow, sometimes I find myself influenced by
“the herd” and don’t want to relent.
Isn’t that what we’re all supposed to be?
“B*llz to the wall” and all that?
The best training and the best results come from
being like the ocean.
Think about this:
Over time, the ocean will erode solid rock and
pulverize it, turning it into sand.
How’s it do that?
Waves come in.
Waves come out.
And that’s what many of us are missing.
We’re always in “in” or “work” mode and hardly
ever in “out” or “rest” mode.
When I was younger I was fascinated – no –
With program design and it’s elements.
I studied it relentlessly.
(There’s that word again.)
And I got quite good at it.
I’d help my athletes put 50-100 pounds on their squats
in a summer.
Gain 3-7 inches on their vertical jumps in 6 weeks.
And put on up to 20 pounds of muscle in an off-season.
What a concepts.
Periods of time.
For everything there’s a season.
You won’t put 50-100 pounds on your squat every
You won’t gain 3-7 inches on your vertical jump
every 6 weeks.
And you won’t put on 20 pounds of muscle every off-
The key to making these kinds of results – and being
able to track them over your life – is to understand
and use the “season” methodology.
Otherwise you abuse yourself, get discouraged, and
“Hardcore” is really learning to stick with it and
be able to measure your progress (there’s a novel
idea) over the long haul, not just being able to
survive a “kick a$$” workout.
For example, I can’t tell you how many customers
I’ve talked to who have gotten mind-blowing results
on some of my “Extreme” rapid fat loss programs, that
have then gotten greedy and tried to extend the program
only to actually put fat back on.
Why am I bringing this up?
Because I want you to see the importance of the
“waviness” of your training – the need to know when
to work and when to rest…
… The need for “seasons” in your training in order
to truly get – and more importantly – KEEP your results
and KEEP making progress.
That’s why, if you’re feeling stressed and burnt out
and overwhelmed this time of year, you need to institute
It’s the time of year where you just take it easy,
kick back, and relax.
Sure, you still work out – actually, you really train,
but you don’t go hard. And you don’t go heavy. And
you make training fun again.
Here’s how you do that:
– You practice your current lifts.
– You explore new lifts.
– You play with lifts that you might not be “great”
– You have fun training.
– You NEVER go to failure.
– The ONLY thing you focus on is your technique.
That way when you go back to your traditional training
program in the New Year, you’re fresh as a daisy –
physically, emotionally, and psychologically, ready
to focus again.
Now is the perfect time of year to either learn or
refocus on the double KB lifts and their techniques.
Because they’re fun.
Because they give you a sense of empowerment – of
And because they lay the foundation for the future
training and workouts you’ll need to do to reach your
It’s how you make the most of your “post-season” –
Or turn it into “most-season.”