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Whats the best way to train?

I have this conversation every week. (Which means I should probably expand my social circle.) What is the best way to train? Should I focus on my Olympic lifts, hit three metcons everyday, do forty-five second pause front squats once a week?

Its a valid question, we all want to see gains and spend our time as effectively as possible. For me the answer is simple. Do the programming and other than that, do one thing. Pick something, anything you want to improve and do it everyday. Don’t just do it until your “okay” or “good” at it. Practice it, train it, live it until your excellent, until your a master of that element and it will always be part of your capacity.

Anyway, enough of my preaching. I’m off to practice.

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  1. Albert

    My counter question when I’m asked this is always, “What do you want to accomplish?” Usually the answer is, “I want to get more fit.” I always follow up with, “What does ‘fit’ mean to YOU? How do you know when you’re fit?”

    Goals are extremely important, and cannot be emphasized enough. Without a goal, how do you know when you’ve reached where you want to go? If you don’t know where you want to go, how do you what’s the best way to get there? Goals need to answer the what and when. For example, you may have a goal of deadlifting 500 lb and squatting 400 lb by December. You don’t have to have the answers right away, but you should be thinking about them. For really inexperienced athletes, that could mean trying a lot of different sports/movements. Find what you’re really passionate about. Passion is also important. Not everyday is going to be a great day of hitting PRs. There will be bad and frustration days/weeks; there are days/weeks/months when you could be injured; there could be days when it feels like everything is holding you back. And your passion for your sport is what is going to get you to coming back day after day. That passion is what will get you back swinging harder than ever.

    Here are some examples of what I mean. I have a friend who blew out both of his knee caps, I don’t remember from what. He was told he’d never walk without pain. But he’s always been competitive, and this was not acceptable. He started off just squatting to a box without weight. Now he squats over 400 lbs as if it’s a feather (don’t remember the exact number), and he competes against the world’s best in the Highland Games. The other example is actually his friend.

    He was diagnosed with an incurable degenerative disease and was told he’d be confined to a wheelchar within a couple of years. Rather than waste away on the couch, he trained harder than ever. 7 years later, he competes in powerlifting, and I believe strongman competions, and consistently finishes at least top three. This disease will kill him, but he’s not going down without a fight.

    After setting your goals, it is significantly easier to develop a plan to accomplish them. The basis for all good programs is periodization. You figure out which movements you need to do, the splits (upper/lower vs. push/pull), and what your microcycle and mesocycle need to be. The really elite athletes will also need to figure out what their macrocycle needs to be so the peak at competition, which by the way, is a great way to set goals.

    This came out a lot longer than I had planned, but I get asked this question a lot, so it’s a question I am always ready to answer. Jason, it doesn’t matter who’s in your social circle. I’ve found I get asked this question by even fairly sedentary people.

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