Updated: Aug 5, 2019
People do some strange things in the gym. Google "gym fails" and it can get really weird, really fast. Yikes!
Apart from these obvious, acute instances of "WTH", and apart from arguing about which movements or styles of movement are best for X result, what principles usually (and sneakily) crush people's progress in the gym?
Here are 3:
1. The concept of "routine" is misunderstood.
How often do you go to the gym? This is the example of a positive routine.
How often do you do the same workout on the same day you go to the gym? This is an example, when done over an extended period of time (usually in the neighborhood of 3-5 weeks) of a negative routine. The Law of Accommodation crushes your gainz... and can drift you toward injury.
Likewise, when the pendulum swings the opposite way to the "routine of no routine" and you are doing a bunch of different stuff every time you set foot in the gym, you are not effectively establishing mastery, understanding or long-term growth... and you can drift toward injury.
Bruce Lee is famous for "the way of no way".
He is also famous for saying, "I fear not the man who has practiced 10,000 kicks once, but I fear the man who has practiced one kick 10,000 times."
The harmony in the routine that establish long-term growth is extremely hard to understand. Which is why we do it for you.
2. You only workout 3 days per week.
Your job, as a free person, is to live life on your terms. The rub is: to live life on your terms (we default to the consideration that you want to live a long, productive and happy life) you might have to move when you don't really want to.
Working out three days per week is a widely established minimum (and something we believe in order to establish a figurative foothold in your fitness).
There are certain modalities, intensities, studies, methods and philosophies that support working out 3 days per week as "enough". (There always are.)
For us, 3 days per week does not establish effectiveness. (Imagine eating "healthy" three times per week opposed to six times per week: who will get the longer lasting results, faster?)
Daily, disciplined practice creates massive change in our experiences because we get to practice our craft and tune in to ourselves each day.
3. You compare yourself to other people as a measurement of success.
We all can fall victim to this. Nobody has your life but you. Even if we are walking the same path together, we are STILL on different journeys.
Nobody else has your genetic code, your upbringing, your dreams, or your challenges. Nobody. Else.
Do you the best you can and honor it. You don't have to "settle" but shouldn't you respect your own efforts along your journey? If you're still reading this, you're most likely doing pretty dang awesome.
If you need to compare something, compare yourself to where you were a year ago. Use your findings as a barometer for dictating your next moves. Learn to know, and trust, you.