I’ve been training consistently for 15 years now. I’ve learned a lot about training, still have a lot more to learn, but my approach has changed drastically from when I first started. I’ve made a ton of mistakes with my training as well. My ultimate goal in fitness and health is to guide people down the right path and have them not make the same mistakes that I made and mistakes that I constantly see people make all the time.
Alright, ARE YOU READY FOR IT? Master the basics, FOLKS!!!! Everyone knows the saying, KISS (Keep it simple st$%@). It couldn’t be more true with fitness. There is nothing that drives me more crazy than when I see people sharing some insane workout from YouTube talking about how they can’t wait to do it…yet they can’t perform a basic pushup with good form. And I see people posting this crap everyday!! The crazy thing is that I was one of these people that did the same thing a while back. I would see some workout that looked really cool and I would literally believe that that’s what I should be doing to get the best results. Oh, what a fool I was! I would try it, then I would always thankfully transition back to the basics. I came across a great quote the other day and it resonated with me…
“It’s not about doing what the ‘best’ are doing. It is about finding out what they did to become the ‘best’ in the first place.”
Ok. So what are the basics? Here they are, in my opinion, in no particular order:
- Press (pushup)
- Pull (chinup)
- Knee dominant (bodyweight/goblet squat)
- Hip Dominant (deadlift, kb swing)
- Rolling/tumbling (Turkish get up)
If you have trouble doing some or any of these movements listed above, these are what you need to master. If you can master all of these movements, I can guarantee that your fitness/strength will be at the highest it’s ever been. You will feel better, move better, and be stronger.
Listen, I know people get bored and they want to mix things up as much as possible. I totally get it and you do need to switch it up to receive a training effect and keep improving. What you don’t want to do though is get away from the basics if you haven’t mastered them yet. I can’t stress that enough. If you are the type of person that gets bored and wants to switch it up, you have to change your mindset.
Be consistent. Train Hard. Master the basics.