I don’t share a lot about training strategies. Why? Unless you’re at a certain level of your fitness journey, it’s not what you should be focused on. Basics are important. A base knowledge of form, reps, sets, and how to use cardio equipment effectively is nice. I have athletes, long term competitors, and 3-10 year fitness veterans where this becomes very important but that’s 10% of people. Most people find fitness (minus sports reasons) because they are looking for a greater level of self confidence and to feel their best. These people are drawn to visual stimuli. What they are looking for is the symptom or end result of a process, not the root cause. They’re told to go to the gym. In their mind they now have reasonably deducted that working out is the “process,” that makes nice bodies. Yet they are mistaken.
I want you to think of a pyramid. This pyramid is called a “process pyramid.” It’s called that because fitness is not working out, it’s a lifestyle process. People seem to forget that. Fitness is a weapon, a weapon against our inner demons, our lazy and negative portion of our personality, it’s a defense against the raging waters that is life. It’s the friend that won’t let us down and the family that will never leave us. But like a weapon it requires practice and supervision to use it the right way.
In my process pyramid my base is my mindset/spirit work. I have set my focus, emotions, and stimulate my drive on a daily basis with the goal in mind so I don’t get side tracked by stress or go off on some side goal, getting away from my primary purpose.
Next on the process pyramid is diet. If you want to change anything about your body it starts here. Mastery of diet and lifestyle takes years but it’s paramount to success.
Next on the pyramid is lifestyle modification. I change my process around work load/ sleep/ and stress. No reason to train if I work 14 hrs and get low sleep.
Finally, the top of the pyramid is my training program. Modifying it only after everything else is in place. If your “process” is working out, it will fail you and it might hurt you, and you’ll miss it’s great gifts tucked inside “the process.”