I wanted to focus on the concept of minimalism, and why I think it is the secret to successfully achieving your fitness goals.
Once you understand this principle you will experience a new level to your training, overcome plateaus and achieve results you didn't think possible. There are two main areas which benefit from minimalism and I think that these two factors are crucial to achieving success; they are adherence and achieving tangible progress with your routine.
In other words you need to be able to stick with your training long term and achieve actual results. One of the main reasons people give up is that they make their training far too time consuming which negatively effects other aspects of their lives. When people have nothing to show for all their efforts in the gym its very hard to stay motivated and persevere with their routines. Minimalism solves this. Applying the principle of minimalism is the key to both living life on your terms and achieving real results with your training.
So lets start with the concept of adherence:
Obviously if you cannot adhere to a particular routine and regimen long term you are not going to achieve any results. Even a bad routine, when consistently applied will produce results. Similarly, if you have the perfect routine, if you cannot adhere to it long term there will be no benefit.
So what is the key to adherence? I can say from personal experience that being able to live life on my terms was a major factor for me. In other words having time outside of training which I was able to devote to other areas of my life was pivotal to me. Also realizing at the same time that I was still able to hit my fitness goals.
You do not need to be a slave to the gym in order to achieve maximum progress. The truth is that too much time and complexity will be counterproductive in the long run, and there are two main reasons for this.
Firstly if you devote too much time to your training other aspects of your life will begin to suffer. Some people are able to devotee large amounts of time to training and are happy to work out two hours per day every day. Most will not have this luxury nor would they want to neglect other aspects of their life. Ultimately most people will give up.
Secondly there is an optimal amount volume and frequency of training for optimal results. Too little or too much is counter productive. Too little training volume or frequency is simply not enough stimulus for the body to adapt. Some extreme low volume routines I have come across in the past recommend far too little frequency of training. Obviously there is some serious flaws in this and it is certainly not optimal for progress.
But then you have the other extreme end of the scale; extremely high volume routines. Strangely enough, this seems to be which is followed by the majority. People naturally think that 'more must be better'. This idea although appealing, does not have any scientific basis. In fact more sets than necessary have been found in studies to have no benefit, in fact it becomes counterproductive.
People also naturally follow fitness influences on YouTube and Instagram. But little do they know that these experts have below average training knowledge and are just blessed with great genetics and/or using copious amounts of anabolic steroids. They tend to promote the 'more is better' type nonsense. Anyone following this advice who is natural and average in genetic ability will experience the frustration of little meaningful progress.
Naturally you will not benefit from extreme high volume, as you simple do not have the recovery ability to deal with it. If you are using steroids this is not an issue, as recovery ability is greatly enhanced. But for a natural, more is not better. In fact it is one of the main reasons people get stuck and fail to build muscle.
So what does this have to do with minimalism? Everything. The good news is that the precise amount of training for optimal natural gains does is not nearly as much as what people think. In fact a moderate training sessions of three days is perfect. When I say moderate I am talking about 30 to 60 minute sessions max.
It is not the length in which you train, nor the complexity that matters. What matters is exercise selection, intensity, the precise amount of volume and of course adequate rest. The truth is that the majority get this completely wrong. Once you start applying the principles of minimalism to your training you will notice that suddenly you are making progress. You are getting stronger every workout and as a result your muscles get larger, stronger and more dense.
With the free time you will feel happier as you can still enjoy a social life and devote time to other interests. This will further motivate you to persevere and adhere to your training long term.
If any of this has sparked your interest and you are interested to find out more, why not get in touch for a free consultation.