More isn’t better.

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Dec

More isn’t better.

“More isn’t better. Better is better.”

This is one of my all-time favorite sayings in training, coaching, and programming. And even outside of the walls of the gym, this axiom carries over with tremendous power. MORE ISN’T BETTER…BETTER IS BETTER. Think about that for a minute. When you think – “How do I get stronger?” Is your knee jerk reaction “to do more”? When you ask why a workout only is 7 minutes, is the first thing you do to pack more, more, more into the day? This desire for more bleeds outside of the gym as well. You’ve got a big test coming up but instead of setting up reasonable blocks of uninterrupted time to study…we allot 5 hours to “study time” with a million breaks and distractions.

Too often instead of focusing on the quality of our efforts we have this insane desire to just do more. But is that really the answer?

No. I am a firm believer that more is often not the answer. And furthermore, many times may be the last thing that is needed. Let’s stay focused on training for the purposes of this discussion. In particular, let’s focus on an your training and the implementation of an effective training program. In both of these cases, there is a consistent sentiment that more is the answer. “I need to train more” or “We need to be doing more programming and workouts”. In my experience, rarely is this ever the case. From a training perspective, the average gym-goer would benefit much more from the intentional practice of skills, focused efforts on their current work, and the appropriate amount of intensity added. We want to “minimum effective dose.” Would a doctor prescribe you 100mg if you only need 20mg to fix your health issue? No! So why would a coach prescribe crazy weights and workouts when only 1 workout will do, done lighter?

Most people aren’t giving enough to what they are currently doing…so why add more? What’s better…a disproportionate amount of work at a lax effort OR your full effort given to an appropriate amount of work. When it’s broken down like that…the answer is obvious.

Just train better.

From a programming perspective, there’s often a lust for MORE. When I’m looking at a lot of the programming out there in the world, they are just jam-packed with stuff from minute 0 to minute 60. And I’m not talking an appropriate amount of stuff or a class that’s well-planned, well-executed, and full from start to finish. I’m talking about a ridiculous and reckless approach to volume. “Ok, the workout today is only 20 mins with muscle-ups, moderate loading, and a simple movement…doesn’t seem like enough, let’s add a 1RM Back Squat then some barbell cycling and maybe finish off with some interval sprints.” BRO. CHILL. When someone takes this approach to “more,” you are missing out on so much of the nuance of a great training experience for yourself…a full and proper warm-up, the learning of new movements and planes of movement, skill work, appropriate intense workout, and community building with your cohorts. Not everyday needs to be an “OMG I can’t walk for three days” type of deal. In fact, that would be a one-way ticket to snap-city.

Sometimes more is merited, but in my experience, these cases are in the minority. At the end of the day, we are all here to do what’s best for our own training and the training we give you in class. And this takes some deep thought and consideration every week.

So, when you’re considering how to improve the training experience at BCF or your own results, take a step back and think; talk to a coach. And before you think more for yourself…ask yourself is more is really better or is better, better?

Posted by MDV from NCFIT