Strength: noun. the ability to overcome.

“What Do You Think Of This Swing Workout?”

by GEOFFN on April 19

I get a lot of questions each week in my email from subscribers and customers. And do my best to answer all of them.

Here’s one I just got today from Dave. I already answered him but I thought it was a really good question. So, while I’m waiting to be a dad, I thought I’d share it with you…

Q: “do you feel it is alright to do swings 6 days a week.  Sometimes as many as 500 2 handed variety, 20 reps in 30 seconds, rest 30 seconds, repeat.  Some day 400 2 hand reps, one hand swings usually about 100 a side mixed with other exercise like the olympic, 4 rungs five ladders.”

Here’s my answer:

A: “I dunno, Dave.

1. What are you trying to accomplish by doing that?
2. Are you recovering enough between sessions?
3. Does your training match your goals?
4. Are you seeing the results you expect?”

Let’s take a closer look at each part of the answer.

1. What are you trying to accomplish by doing that?

Workouts, or more appropriately described – training sessions – should be based on your goals. What are your goals? If your goal is to build a high level of conditioning and really cement the groove of your Swing, then this might be the ticket to achieving your goals.

2. Are you recovering enough between sessions?

Look, I admitted to you a couple of weeks ago that I like to train every day. But that’s just it – I TRAIN. I move based on my goals. And I do just enough to ensure that I never overextend myself – that I am achieving my goals.

How do I know? Because I’m getting stronger every day. I have a way of measuring my progress. You should too. If you’re not seeing the results you want, you may have a recovery issue.

You see, it’s not how much work you can do – it’s how much work you can recover from. That’s the most important point of training. Recovery. If you can’t recover, then you won’t adapt and you’ve just wasted your time and energy.

3. Does your training match your goals?

On the surface, this appears simple enough. But I got another email the other day from a guy who wanted to burn off his fat. He had bought “Kettlebell Burn” but dragged his feet starting it. Then he wanted to add in a separate run program to decrease his run time. And he also wanted to add in yet another separate program to build his Pull-up strength.

Unfortunately, you just can’t do everything at once. Burning off body fat is a great goal, not just because you look and feel better, but everything becomes easier. Pull-ups become easier because you’re not hauling around excess baggage. Run times decrease because again, you’re not hauling around excess baggage.

It’s really simple, but as Rif or Dan or whoever said, it doesn’t mean it’s easy. Getting distracted by bright shiny things is a sure way to “Frustratedville.” Months have passed you by and you’re still no closer to where you thought you wanted to be. And that’s because you don’t know where you want to be.

So take the time to figure out what YOUR goals are. And then find the program that helps you achieve them.

4. Are you seeing the results you expect?”

This is a BIGGIE. And it follows the other three. Obviously if the other 3 are off, then this will be off.

But the proof of the proverbial pudding is in the eating, right?

On a strength program for your Press? Is your Press getting stronger by some metric? If so, excellent. Your program is working. If not, stop banging your head against the wall. Determination doesn’t necessarily ensure success. It may just ensure a headache.

It’s like I say to my clients – “What’s the best thing about banging your head against a wall? Stopping.”

As I sit here writing this, I’m on the precipice of becoming a father. My wife and I are about to welcome our first child into the world. It’s amazing to think about. It actually blows my mind that we have created another life.

And speaking of life, it is just too short and too precious to waste on doing stuff that doesn’t get you to your goals. So, if your workouts aren’t training sessions, make them so.

I stopped training for Weightlifting because it just wasn’t helping me get to where I wanted to go – this moment – of becoming a dad.

So, TRAIN for something – anything. Just make it YOURS.

Then run down the 4 points we discussed and make sure you follow them for maximum success, which of course I wish you in your endeavors.

Gotta run…

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