The Myth Of The “Multi-Tasking Workout”

I don’t know about you, but I want everything now.

Especially with my workouts.

I personally think I was ruined in my early 20s because I
saw un-earthly results from a workout program I was doing.

I got super-strong and super-lean all in the space of 3
weeks.

It was a heckuva ride much to my detriment, and many of the
following years were wasted comparing them to that one
perfect moment.

Imagine training for pure power and getting ripped at the
same time…

That’s what happened to me.

It was a blessing and a curse.

And most likely – and this isn’t negative thinking – it will
never be repeated because I can’t duplicate the circumstances
I found myself in when I achieved those results in the first
place.

Which means I’ve had to change my thinking.

How so you may ask?

Simple.

I need to focus on one task at a time. One goal at a time.

You do too.

Here’s what I mean:

We live in an age where everyone’s supposed to “multi-task”
to get things done faster, more efficiently.

You know, do 2 or 3 things at once – keep all those plates
spinning in the air.

Many of us even pride ourselves on being able to do so.

The problem is, your brain isn’t wired to multi-task.

Nope.

It’s wired to focus on one thing at a time.

One.

Thing.

Not 2 or 3 or 4.

Sure, it CAN do 2 or 3 or 4 things at one time – but it’s not
FOCUSED so your outcome is less than optimal.

In her book, “Switch On Your Brain,” Dr Carolyn Leaf, a
cognitive neuroscientist with a PhD in Communication
Pathology specializing in Neuropsychology, states:

“This poor focusing of attention and lack of quality in our
thought lives is the complete opposite of how the brain is
designed to function and causes a level of brain damage.
Every rapid, incomplete, and poor quality shift of thought
is like making a milkshake with your brain cells and
neurochemicals. This milkshake-multitasking, which is the
truth behind multitasking, creates patterns of flightiness and
lack of concentration that are unfortunately often erroneously
labeled ADD and ADHD and that are too often unnecessarily
medicated, adding fuel to the fire.” (p.93)

Wow.

Multi-tasking causes brain damage.

(That explains some behaviors I’ve seen…)

When you think about how this applies to our KB workouts,
you know this is true.

How many times have you started a workout with the hopes
that it is the “magic” workout –

You know, the one that will get you strong – maybe finally get
you that half bodyweight press, lean you out – lose that spare
tire, and help you pass your SFG/RKC snatch test all at the
same time?

Maybe you’ve even tried to design one yourself either from
scratch or by putting several professionally designed
programs together –

You know –

“Simple & Sinister” 3 days a week and “Kettlebell Muscle”
3 days a week, while practicing intermittent fasting.

The result is a whole lot of frustration and failure.

Then, that brain damage from the multitasking kicks in.

What do you do?

More of the same.

Must have been the wrong combination of professional
programming…

This time, you’re going to do the ROP and a Swing Challenge.

Look, I’m not pointing fingers here – I’ve done this sort of
thing in the past myself.

It’s like Einstein said, “The definition of insanity is repeatedly
doing the same thing and expecting different results.”

Sound familiar?

So what do you do instead?

Simple.

Focus on ONE thing.

ONE goal… At a time.

It’s like that ancient Chinese proverb says:

“Man who chases two rabbits catches none.”

Pick one thing and go for it.

Now, there is a catch:

(Of course there is – there always is, isn’t there?)

There’s a hierarchy of different motor qualities that you should
train for.

Huh?

Motor qualities?

Like V6 or 4 cylinder?

Ha! No…

Like strength, endurance, hypertrophy, etc…

I always say and have ALWAYS said and practiced that you
need to train for strength first – even before it was popular to
say so.

Why?

Simple.

The stronger you are, the more work you can do.

And work is the determining factor in eliciting the outcome
you desire.

If you want to just get stronger – improve that press, you have
to do more work. Strength is dependent on volume or tonnage
lifted. The bigger the base [or work], the higher the peak.

If you want to lose fat – you have to do more work because
“more work” burns more calories.

If you want to improve your conditioning or endurance, you
have to do more work. Think about this: In a marathon, the
strongest runner wins. He covers more distance in less time.

And strength is the lynchpin.

It’s THE thing that all your outcomes you desire are based
upon.

So, if you’re still floundering to achieve your main goal,
chances are better than good you need to dial things back
and refocus on the one thing that matters most – Strength.

Here’s a more detailed explanation.

Talk soon.

Geoff

P.S. Training for strength is a funny thing – I’ve seen this
hundreds of times. When you make it your focus, some of those
other goals you have “magically” seem to “just happen.”

For example, it’s not uncommon to lean out just training for
strength.

Or put on some extra muscle.

And sometimes this happens with no additional effort on your
part.

It’s like when I took my son to IHOP last month and ordered
a glass of milk for him and it complimentary.

They’re bonuses. :-)

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