Maybe it's just the natural path that my life seems to be taking now, but I think my theme for the next decade as I go into 2010 will be "living with enough".
As a result of that, I'm a neo-minimalist, I'm more aware of my carbon footprint, I'm over my "accumulate-as-much-sh*t-as-possible-even-if-I-can't-afford-it" phase of my 20's and I'm more concerned with spending time with my family and being healthy than having the latest and greatest gadget, pair of Nikes or iPod.
I've also come to realize that when it comes to training, for me, I don't need to train 7-days-per-week to get the results that I want.
Because I live an active lifestyle that incorporates various activities into my day that keep me "fit" already.
And that's where Big Bold Prediction for 2010 comes in…
The Minimalist Workout
This one goes hand in hand with #1. Because people are becoming more health conscious, I think more and more of them will opt to live an "active" lifestyle choosing fun activities like recreational sports, hiking, surfing, snowboarding and bike riding for their "exercise".
Not to say that going to the gym isn't fun, but a lot of people really dread going to the gym. I think you have to have a certain personality to really enjoy it.
But, if you have an individual who…
-commutes to work by riding his bike everyday,
-plays pick-up basketball twice per week,
-goes snowboarding or hiking on the weekend,
-meditates for 30 minutes everyday,
-eats a great diet of Real Food and
-sleeps 8-9 hours per night
Then how often, really, does this person need to go to the gym to get or stay in shape?
For someone like this, I'd just prescribe him a 2-day per week program. Maybe something like this…
1) Squat (3 x 6)
2a) Chin-ups (3 x AMAP )
2b) Push-Ups (3 x AMAP )
2c) DB Lunges (3 x 10/side)
3) KB Swings x 100
1) Deadlift (3 x 6)
2a) Standing KB Military Press (3 x 8 )
2b) KB Row/Bodyweight Row/Renegade Row (3 x 10/side)
2c) Pistols (3 x AMAP )
3) Burpee Tabata Protocol (20s ON, 10s OFF x 8 )
That would be it. He'd have to commit a total of 90 minutes per week (2 sessions of 45 minutes or less on say, Monday and Thursday) to go to the gym and train.
And that's all he'd need because he (or she) is an active individual with a great consciousness of health and life.
Too many people get caught up in the minutiae of training and they think that they need to be in the gym all day, everyday in order to see results.
I used to tell my clients that it isn't about the 2 or 3 hours per week that I see you that will get you results … it's what you do with the other 165 hours in the week and how you live your life during those hours.
So that's my challenge to you for 2010 and beyond …
How well can you master the other 165 hours in your day when you're not training?
Are you wasting time watching TV when you could be reading to or playing with your kids? (By the way, I don't count watching TV with your kids as "family time").
Are you working out 7 days per week going half-assed? Could you spend your time more wisely by cutting your training time by 2/3, training with intensity and then doing things of more impact and meaning with your new found time?
Now's the time to start.
The New Year is upon us.
-Chris Lopez, CTT, CSCS
Author, TT Kettlebell Revolution