ABOUT THIS ...
Imagine you pick up a new hobby, or attempt to learn a new skill and are an expert with little practice.
That would be pretty awesome, but it's not very likely to happen.
More often than not when trying to progress towards a certain performance or body composition related goal (e.g. build muscle, get stronger, or lose body fat) people are immediately drawn to what sounds like ‘the best’ approach, or the complexities of nutrition and resistance training. This prevents them from mastering the basics and seeing the big picture.
We look for advanced methodologies, techniques, or protocols and proceed to pursue an approach that is inappropriate for our current level of advancement and unsustainable long term.
This is sort of like trying to build a house, or skyscraper, without a proper foundation in place.
The strength of a building lies in its foundation.
The main purpose of the foundation is to hold the structure and keep it upright.
We fail to recognize that before we apply the science of muscle building, we must first learn how to master the basics. That entails things such as:
🔹Adhering to a nutritional system you enjoy
🔹Sufficient sleep quantity/quality
🔹Optimizing how to set up exercises
🔹Standardizing exercise execution
Once you’re able to nail these variables it’s just a matter of consistency.
Once you’re consistent, you graduate and earn the right to start focusing on other variables related to your progress. This could entail things such as:
🔹Matching your nutrition to the training stimulus
🔹Individual volume requirements
🔹Optimizing exercise selection/sequence
🔹Periodizing your training
The list goes on…
This is exactly what myself and Alden have been focusing on since October. Alden is someone who I’d consider to be on the advanced side of things, but considering that fact- there were still changes we implemented to optimize his approach and maximize his progress.