Eventually You Just Have To Do More Work

There’s a common theme running through the fitness industry – “How can we do the least possible work?”⁣

This isn’t necessarily a bad thing – training optimally can reduce injury risk and maintain energy levels. Why do 5 sets when you could do 3 and get the same result?⁣

But that constant notion of “what’s the shortcut… what’s the least I can do… how can I hack this?” is the wrong frame of mind. In the end, you’re going to have to do more work than you have in the past (progressive overload)⁣

You need to do more.⁣

More sets.⁣

More reps.⁣

More weight.⁣

More k’s.⁣


It’s probably going to be a little bit uncomfortable – most things worth doing are.⁣

You’re not going to hack your way to peak performance with little tricks. You have to dig, and strain, and work to make headway. You’re going to have get a little uncomfortable in order to get better.⁣

People are making exercise more comfortable and more convenient every day. Before you know it, you’re walking on a treadmill, watching Netflix, with your headphones on, in a nice warm gym. God forbid you do exercise without technology or out in the environment where you might have to deal with a little cold weather.⁣

I’m not saying throw the science out and flog yourself every day at some sort of bootcamp – we all know how that ends. But don’t be afraid to get a little uncomfortable and dig a little deeper than you ‘have to’. Mental resiliency is important. Yet most people don’t include it in the equation.⁣

Yes, you may get the same benefits from 10 minutes of high-intensity sprints as you do from an hour of running. Yes, we want to be efficient with our training. Yes, we want to minimise injury risk – this kind of thinking helps simplify and cut the fat from a program.⁣

But constantly looking for shortcuts and trying to put in the least amount of effort sends the wrong message.⁣

Stop trying to shorten everything in fitness down to the minimal effective dose. Stop asking “what’s the least amount of work I can do?” Don’t be scared of discomfort. ⁣

Eventually you will have to do more work.⁣

#one22 #strengthcapacityresilience #seekdiscomfort


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