3 Simple Steps To Help You Decide Which Direction To Take
I often get asked that question and it’s one of the most common questions I see on the kettlebell forums.
Let me help you out by putting this in perspective by sharing with you EXACTLY what I am trying to accomplish with my training, and then why I have made the choices I have.
For me, I like to be strong. And lean. Maybe you can relate. I have been both and I have been strong. I just like the feeling.
But I have a MAJOR problem – my life is about to be turned upside down and inside out by the birth of our first child – our son in two weeks or thereabouts.
Plus, I no longer want to have limitations and restrictions in my movement abilities like I once had – I want to be able to run, jump, roll, and play with my boy, not be stiff, sore, and achy from my training, which is ultimately what the Olympic lifting was doing to me and why I retired.
Now I know that sleep will be interrupted. I know I won’t be able to use my preferred methods for gaining strength and getting lean. So, what am I going to do?
In my last post I outlined what I came up with, but basically, it was this – I am matching my training to what I think my lifestyle can accommodate. Pretty simple.
See, I tend to overcompensate and in the past it has really gotten me in trouble. Life would “pile on” and I would match that by making my training harder and more complicated instead of what I’m doing now, which is making it less so. My training now is based on sustainability – how long can I do this without having to think to hard about it or make too many adjustments?
I’m not saying everybody’s training should look like that – but mine needs to right now.
So how do you decide what program you should do next?
Here are three simple steps to help you out:
1. Decide what you REALLY want to do – what’s the one thing or theme that you see as the undercurrent in all your training? Is it being as to be as strong as you possibly can be? Is it to be super-conditioned and meet some amazing goals? Or is it to get into the low single digits for body fat percentage and stay there so you can pick up women? It doesn’t really matter to me – because it’s all about YOU.
2. Evaluate where you are now and if what you’re currently doing is in line some way, shape or form with what you really want to do. If it is, keep going in the same vein. If not, stop doing it and do something that is in line with your goals. I love the thrill of heavy overhead lifting – nothing comes close – but I want to play with my kid(s) and I’ve found that Olympic lifting as thrilling as it is, is not the best thing for my body, based on my injuries. So I quit doing it.
3. Pick a program that is in line with your goals and STICK WITH IT. Give it time to germinate. You may not see results tomorrow (you might though) or even the next day. You are “sowing seed” for a future “harvest” – or the realization of your goals. Now obviously if you new program injures you, then it’s not the best for you and you should stop. But if it doesn’t, you should see noticeable improvement in 2 weeks or so. Keep sticking with it.
And it’s really that simple.
You just align your behavior with your goal. And then head toward your goal at your own speed and your own pace. And of course, measure along the way.
Hope that helps you out and clears up any confusion.