Have you ever made up your own training program?
Sure, many of us like to be told what to do.
We follow the directions and we love it.
It cuts down dramatically on planning.
So we find a training program and follow it step by step.
Others of us like to figure things out on our own.
We might read about and try out a few different training programs.
Take a little bit from this one.
A little bit from that one.
Add in some components of another.
We keep adding.
Adding this, taking away that, integrating this.
We end up spinning our wheels with a bloated hodge-podge training program that lacks coherence.
Every new component we add runs the risk of eroding at the effectiveness of the other components.
Our results, or lack thereof, usually reflect this, too.
We don’t make any progress.
Perhaps worst of all, we spend way more of our precious time in the gym than we need to.
Programming is difficult, especially when deviating from the tried and true.
Consider programming to be similar to decorating a Christmas tree.
Adding ornaments to a Christmas tree can make it pretty.
Too many causes clutter and collapse.
Keep your training only as complicated as necessary.
Do only what it takes to progress effectively.
Find what’s proven to work.
Stick to the plan.
Put in the work.
You may feel like getting fancy.
Like adding more.
Before you do, ask whether it’s necessary.
Ask whether you’ve given your current approach enough time.
Ask whether it’s even the right approach for you.
There’s no need to make things complicated.
Master the basics.
You’ve got this.