How’s that saying go? If I had a nickel for every time I’ve been asked that, I’d be a millionaire. True story. After the 20 plus years I have been in fitness this remains the number one asked question by every person that has stepped foot in a gym, no matter what their goals are. So you have to be asking yourself now, what’s the answer? Quit rambling and give us the answer!
It is simple really…it is the one you believe in. I know you gotta be thinking why am I reading this clown’s article if that’s all he has to share, but allow me to elaborate.
Over the last 20 years I have probably tried every set/rep scheme and workout protocol there is. High reps, low reps, high volume, low volume, speed work, max effort work, bands, chains, body weight, etc….the list goes on and on but you get it. Been there done that, trust me. The one determining factor in my results and the results of the hundreds of clients I have trained is the level of intensity or vigor that is applied to the workout. What determines whether you perform your workout with intensity? Your belief in the workout, period.
What we do know is that anything WILL work, but only for a limited time and then you must change the stimulus to keep the body from becoming adapted to the stimulus, thus limiting and stopping further growth. So here is what I suggest and what has served me well over the years. Try them all, keep rotating workout plans continuously and never stop. About eight weeks is the right amount of time to run through a workout plan and still be excited about it. Your year should always be set up around phases anyway, so pick workout plans that complement the phase you want to be in at that time. Just do me one favor, if you read through a workout and even for one second you start to think “this sounds stupid” don’t try that workout. You will never fully believe in it and therefore you will never give it the intensity that your workouts need and deserve!