An Old Dog Learns a New Trick?
After training since the tender age of 15, the last 36 years of my life have been a continuous dedication to the field of health and fitness. From my novice training years starting in high school and being the only guy to “lift weights” (via Nautilus machines and the Nautilus Principles) and playing basketball (an unheard of combination back then) to now, I think I’ve picked up a thing or two about training. I’m far from being an expert and believe once you think you are an expert you’ve already proven yourself the fool because no one truly knows everything and can certainly learn – or should at least strive to continue to learn anyway.
I’m a firm believer in working hard – in and out of the exercise arena. Nothing builds more character and allows for a person to discover what they are really made of than when they train. Training is a personal thing, so personal I find it quite amusing when people tell me how I should be doing it. It’s an opportunity for self-discovery, a chance to be mono-y-mono with one’s self – the struggle of wanting to quit versus the desire to push on, can I do more versus I will do more.
Over the last few month’s I have been focusing a bit differently on my fitness and not concerning myself with what most would consider ”"rules of engagement”. I don’t like rules, especially when there’s no real reason for them so I have no problem doing my own thing, but I do have some time-honored and time-proven approaches that I feel are advantageous to my health and fitness. Now, here comes the sticky wicked and that’s that these approaches are not always beneficial nor desirable because sometimes, priorities need to be shifted.
As I’ve gotten a wee bit older and have been more active this summer, I am finding that my normal approach to strength training is still beneficial to my health, fitness and overall performance, but a tweak here and there might be a good consideration. I have recognized the following over the last couple of month’s based on an ache here and a pain there and what it takes to get rid of them and better still, prevent them. Interestingly enough, once one thing is altered it seems there is a domino effect and one needs to be aware and act accordingly.
So, here’s what I’ve concluded recently:
- I need and prefer more frequency of exercise – daily if possible
- I need to include more joint movements
- I need to train with greater plains of motion
- I need more volume of sets and exercises
- I need to stay with higher reps
- I need to replicate patterns with multiple sets
- I need not train the same exercise too many sessions in a row
- I need to work in a cumulative fashion for overall health and fitness benefits
- I need to reduce my intensity of effort to achieve the above list
I will at a later date get into more detail about each bullet point and if anyone has any questions regarding my points, please feel free to comment on this post.