I was talking to Dax Moy a few years ago about “accelerating” client progress and we came to an interesting conclusion…
I think we’ve all been brainwashed into thinking that the only way to improve results is by pushing forward harder.
Think of a car with the parking brake on. You push the gas harder you’ll only run out of fuel quicker right? Take off the brake and with no more energy (less even) the car will go further and faster.
Removing the negative factors will improve your results far more than another set of squats, bench presses or sprints ever will.
Looking to accelerate progress is pointless when the brakes are still on.
For example – adding an extra workout day and 15 mins interval training post-workout is an acceleration tool.
But if you skip breakfast before weight training –any acceleration techniques may only create a further detrimental situation.
Yes, I know there are a bunch of people who talk about intermittent fasting (I did it myself for about a year). But let’s consider the following: The National Weight Control Registry is a United States register of people (18 years or older) who have lost at least 30 lb of weight and kept it off for at least one year. Members lost weight by a wide variety of methods, but the one commonality was that almost all of the registry members ate breakfast.
Pretty simple habit – but one that in my experience several people don’t do.
So what’s your own “brake” that you need to release? Are you a breakfast skipper? Are you a program-hopper – who switches programs every time something new appears? Do you design your own programs – based around your favorite exercises only?
One of my own personal “brakes” is meal frequency. I get busy, or caught up doing something – writing an article, or reading something etc. And I forget to eat.
I could add in several doses of creatine, beta-alanine and/or any supplement you can think of, a structured workout program – but I’d be unlikely to get the same benefits as I do when my meal frequency is optimal.
Release the brakes.