Do you know the following people?
The ones who complain about nutrition and exercise not working for them. That they have tried everything under the sun when it comes to workout routines or dietary changes. But for whatever reason they don’t get results.
And they’ll state emphatically it has nothing to do with their approach or their dedication. They are just different.
You know the type of people I’m talking about?
They are the ones who have conditions and issues unlike the rest of us and therefore science just doesn’t apply to them.
In terms of our DNA we may be only a little more than 1% different from this guy:
But I guess for the people I’m talking about, they must be vastly different that nutrition and exercise just doesn’t work for them.
Now before you go thinking I’m some insensitive jerk, and sometimes I am, you should know I realize that everyone is different. And we all do have different challenges. And seeing results with our training is going to be easier for some and harder for others. I get that.
But even for the ones who face the most obstacles and have the deck stacked against them in every way imagineable it is still possible to make forward progress.
It is still possible to advance our position, regardless of where we are currently at.
And when it comes to your training it comes down to 2 things.
Seriously, if you apply these 2 things to your training you will see results.
Even with a poorly designed program.
Even if all do is use machines at the gym.
Or jump on the treadmill.
You can still get results.
So what are these 2 conditions?
They are intensity and speed.
You either need to move heavy load or you need to move quickly.
If you abide by this definition then you can quickly and easily differentitate between activities which are exercise and those that are recreational.
For example, going for a bike ride, playing a round of golf, doing some gardening or taking a yoga class would all be considered recreational activities.
On the other hand, doing heavy deadlifts, pushing a loaded sled or working some battling ropes would be considered exercise.
Some of you won’t like my definition of recreational activities versus exercise.
That’s ok. I’m not here to be popular. I’m here to give you the best information possible even if the message won’t be received that well.
Because what would you rather have?
A message that challenges conventional wisdom and leads to great results.
Or a message that we can all agree with but really doesn’t the job done.
I’m sure some of you will be itching to let me know how great:
* (subsitute any low intensity, slow activity here)
is and the benefits it has had in your life.
And I’m fine by that.
The point of this post is for those who are struggling to achieve results this may be why. For those who feel they are different that everyone else, you aren’t. For those who feel they’ve tried every approach and nothing has worked, try this.
To sign off take a look at our intern Kayla working the battling ropes for 30 seconds. If you haven’t tried this before you need to to sign up for our Group Fitness Training asap so you can experience it.
This is an example of both intensity and speed of movement. 30 seconds never felt so long. Right Kayla? 🙂
Chris okanaganpeakperformance.com ‘always moving forward’