MAN there is a lot of conflicting info out there these days when it comes to training.
I just did a Google search for “fat loss” and came up with 33,900,000 results (!).
I remember when I first started getting into strength and fitness … about 20 years ago, my sophmore year of high school … and the LACK of quality training info out there. There were literally a handful websites with good training info in existence.
Amazing how fast things change 🙂
Now of course I am still learning every day. I have by NO means “arrived”, neither do I have all the answers for you. BUT, I have been in this game for the last 20 years, have a Master’s Degree in Human Movement and over a dozen training certifications, have written over 500 articles on fitness – related topics, amassed over 15,000 in-person training sessions with clients … so I have picked up a few things along the way. And I have a pretty good idea of what works and what doesn’t for getting results from a fitness program.
Things in training – and life in general – tend to come full circle. You learn about all the newest and latest and greatest stuff … and then you find out that the OLD stuff STILL works and will ALWAYS work.
So if your goals include (like me):
— less body fat
— more lean muscle
— tons of energy
— feeling great into old age
— staying healthy / reduce pain
Stop falling victim to info overload. You could probably be making twice the progress, in half the time, if you focus on these three simple things:
1 – Do soft tissue work / flexibility / mobility training frequently (every day if possible) to stay healthy, keep moving well, reduce pain and feel great.
2 – Work on getting / staying strong. Stick to basic movements.
Depending on your choice / goals / preference / you can use barbells, dumbells, kettlebells, or body weight to do this.
Have a logical progression and framework you’re working from over time. This allows for variety and changes in programs etc – but always keep the big picture and what your goals are in mind.
3 – Keep your “cardio” up and stay in good condition, all the time.
Do high – intensity interval – type training most of the time, and limit the long, slow endurance work.
You can use more “traditional” cardio modalities for this like running or biking, or you can use body weight or kettlebells or other training implements if you like.
Again, switch things up if you like, but keep your long term goals and the big picture in mind.
To sum up, keep it simple. These three simple things, done with focus, intensity, and CONSISTENCY (possibly the most important of all) will keep you strong, healthy, and in shape, all the time. You’ll look like you work out. You’ll feel good when you wake up in the morning. And you’ll know which programs to do because they will fit the overall framework of your goals.
Keep training hard, and talk soon –
Forest Vance, MS, RKC II
PS – YES I recommend lot of different programs on a regular basis. But, the key is, they all fit into the framework I have presented in today’s article. If I’m telling you about something, it’s because I’ve reviewed it and tried it and think it is great.
In case you’re curious … most recent program I’ve tried and love is Challenge Complexes from my friend Shawna Kaminski. Great option if you’re looking for something to plug into that final cardio / fat loss / conditioning component. Complexes are hard to beat time – effectiveness and FUN in this part of your workout! 😉