25 Feb Are You Making This Huge Exercise Mistake?
If you’re not getting the progress you want, you might be making a common exercise mistake.
Unfortunately, this mistake will limit your results, no matter how hard you train.
I’ll tell you what this mistake is and how you can easily fix it.
The big mistake I’ve made in the past and the thing that I see too many people make is doing way too many exercises.
Sometimes, less is more, if you know what I mean.
And, on top of doing too much, they train excessively. This deadly combination leads to overreaching or overtraining. And, that leads to no progress or a dreaded plateau (or even regression) in your training.
What’s the solution to overtraining and stalling your progress?
The first thing you have to do is be honest with yourself.
Don’t B.S. yourself. Ask yourself these 2 questions:
- Is it necessary?
- Is it too much?
If it isn’t necessary and doesn’t really help you in your training goals, eliminate it.
Think of the 80/20 rule, which says that 80% of your success comes from 20% of what you do.
I re-discovered this important rule a few years ago when I started training with kettlebells.
Believe me, I know the big trend is to do all of this “stuff.” All these exercises.
But, the truth is, your results come from a few key things. Not all the “stuff.”
I’ve been saying for a while, if you learn to do a few things really well, you’re going to get big time results.
Doing all this “stuff” and not getting good at anything, is a total waste of time, in my opinion.
And, you’re more likely to get hurt training this way.
But, it’s up to you.
Now, once you figure out what’s important, the other big question is, I am doing too much?
How many exercises do I typically do in a workout?
Typically, I’ll do about 5 exercises per workout, that’s it.
Sometimes, I’ll add in 1 or 2 more, sometimes I’ll subtract 1 or 2. It all depends.
Long gone are the days of me doing 10 or more different types of exercises and combinations in my workouts.
It’s all about fundamental, total body exercises these days.
Does this produce results? How has this worked for me?
Stronger and more fit than I’ve been in years. Less body fat and more lean muscle.
Don’t make the big mistake that most people make.
Avoid doing too many exercises and training too much.
Are you ready for a real stealth tip? Sometimes it’s not what you do in the gym that leads to great results.
I know this is hard to grasp, it’s even hard for me because I love training so much.
But, rest and recovery lead to great progress. You’ve got to rest and allow your body time to recover.
Another concept that seems hard for people to get is that there are exercises that work your entire body very effectively.
I call them “big bang” exercises because they give big benefits to your training.
Exercises like deadlifs, squats, presses, kettlebell swings, turkish get ups, and kettlebell snatches.
All of these exercises offer “big bang” results.
So, why do anything else?
Variation, of course. I get that. But, certain exercises (like the ones above) should be the center of your training program.
Just because this appears to be a simple plan, that does not mean that any of these exercises are easy.
None of them are. Not one.
As a matter of fact, I would say that most people cannot do these core exercises well at all.
Maybe you’re different and I hope that’s the case, but the truth is most people can’t even do the fundamentals properly, yet they want to constantly do more and progress more, without having a solid foundation of exercise.
Pretty crazy if you ask me.
Alright, I’ve said it.
Don’t make the mistake most people make.
Get good, damn good, at the fundamentals and let that be the center of your program.
Ask yourself the questions above and be honest with yourself.
Soon enough I’ll start outlining the programs I use to get the results I’m talking about.
So stay tuned and let me know what you think.
Train safe and train smart. Exercise isn’t complicated. Keep it simple and remember just because it’s simple doesn’t mean it’s easy.