Over the years I’ve read a silly amount of books on training. I’ve followed quite a few programs and have applied different philosophies to my own training.
Recently when preparing for a presentation at Spartan Mentality Crossfit on strength training, I realized that I’ve developed a philosophy. A system. A way of doing things.
Having a strong belief in a system makes everything less complicated. Just like habits in all other aspects of life – automatized thinking frees up mental capacity.
But – and this is a big but. You don’t want to be too set in your ways either. You have to keep an open mind – that’s how the system will evolve.
My system is based on something as simple and old-fashioned as submaximal training. I don’t believe in killing yourself with the heaviest possible weights on a weekly basis but rather in building yourself up over long time. I have little interest in the short-term success of a program – all I care about is long-term and longevity.
Instead of wondering how fast you can put another 5kg on your squat, I try to figure out how long I can put off adding weight to the bar. The longer I can gain strength at a given weight the better. The slower I can build my strength up, the better. The Chinese philosopher Confucius said something along the lines of:
it doesn’t matter how slow you go, as long as you don’t stop
and that’s become somewhat of a mantra for me and my philosophy. Continual progress over time will not only bring great results but it’ll also make the process all the more enjoyable. After all being stuck isn’t all that funny.
- Slow down your progression – even the tiniest progress will add up over the years.
- Instead of thinking sessions and weeks, think years or even two-year periods.
Have a great day. 🙂