Something's been bothering me for a little while that I feel the need to address right here, right now.
And in my career as a fitness professional – mainly as a young, inexperienced trainer – I've probably been guilty of this myself. I guess being a little older and having more experience has served me well.
What I'm talking about can be found on many internet message boards and websites. They sport the names of past girlfriends, they incorporate exercises that have no progression, they have a cult-like following whose videos, sometimes, can be likened to the fitness equivalent of the movie Jack Ass.
What backwards phenomenon am I speaking of?
You've all heard it before. It's called…
“The Workout of The Day”
Why do I hate the WOD?
Because it fails to take into account your goals.
Because it shows no respect to long term planning.
If you want to acheive a goal, you need a plan to get there. You need a strategy to acheive your goal and tools to use within that strategy.
You want fat loss? Here's the plan…
Move better. Get stronger. Challenge your body. Eat a little less.
You want to gain muscle? Here's the plan…
Move better. Get stronger. Challenge your body. Eat a little more.
Obviously I'm over-simplifying things, but the point is if your goal is fat loss, then you're TRAINING for fat loss. If your goal is to get stronger, then you're TRAINING for strength.
You're not WORKING OUT.
What we do as Hardstyle RKC instructors is TRAIN and PRACTICE. We have intent and a plan.
TRAINING takes into account all the elements of fitness, health, lifestyle and nutrition necessary for someone to acehive their goals. There are logical progressions where you're expected to go hard and really push yourself. But, there are times where you should taper back and allow your body to recover. It's all part of the long-term plan.
Working out is random. It's just something you do. A one-off type of event that one hopes will result in changes in their body…but they're never sure.
If you want to know if your random workouts are working for you, track your progress over the next few weeks and see if your body changes.
If you're not seeing much of a change, it's time to abandon the randomness and start following a plan. It's time to stop exercising until you feel like you're going to throw up.
Why the rant today? I'm not a negative person, so if I come off that way, please don't mistake me for someone who is bitter.
Over the weekend, I was watching a video that was sent to me of a young man who was doing one of these WODs in preparation for a “competition”. In this video this gentleman started by squat pressing a loaded bar about 25 times and then proceeded to do some type of body contorting, full body swing exercise that vaguely resembled a “kip-up” which is, in of itself, a bastardized form of a proper Pull-Up. After his third round of this “superset”, the young man jumped up to grab the bar for his final round of pull-up-thingies, swung his legs and fell flat on his back grabbing his left shoulder (which he presumably severely injured at some point during his body contortion).
I'm guessing that he tore something – or many things for that matter.
Please stop working out and start TRAINING.
Here's a PROVEN TRAINING PLAN if you want to lose fat…
Chris Lopez, RKC