20, 16, 14, 12 10 reps when one on each side counts as 1 rep…for time of:
- KB Renegade rows
- KB Back Press
- KB Windmills
- KB get-ups
~Life’s challenges are not supposed to paralyze you, they’re supposed to help you discover who you are.~
Harder, Longer, Faster
It’s training man. It’s how we train.
Why? Because that’s what works. I just had the opportunity to have this conversation again last week. I love having this conversation.
It’s why my clients look at their programs and regularly see 50, 100, 200 or more repetitions of something and no predetermined rest.
Let’s set aside my favorite aspect, the performance development side of things for a moment. Let’s set aside the elevated quality of life through improved stamina and movement patterns too. Finally, let’s set aside the improved safety through heightened proprioception and coordination. Let’s go purely superficial. Let’s go skin deep. “But I just want arms like ____,” or “abs like ____.”
Every last one of us has surface level aesthetic goals. Every single one of us wants to go to the beach and be able to take our shirts off without feeling embarrassed. We all want that body.
Who are these bodies everyone’s lusting over and coveting for themselves? Maria Sharapova, Amanda Beard, Madonna, Becks, Kobe, Ryan Reynolds.
If not professional athletes, all of these people have widely known and documented training programs that emulate those of professional athletes.
Here’s the point.When have you known any of these people to pull a Kirstie Alley or Tyra and blow up only to have to crash diet before their next shoot or event?
They haven’t, because they approach their programs from an athletic point of view, not a reductionist, body building point of view. Aesthetics are a consequence of fitness. Train body part by body part, and sooner than later, you’re going to let something fall through the cracks. Train the body as one system, in an athletically minded, performance oriented stance and make gains you can keep.
Aesthetics are a consequence of fitness.