Is Less More??
There’s a saying that goes “less is sometimes more” and I hear it all the time.
You especially hear it all the time in the fitness industry, and it’s one of the first “myths” that you learn the “truth” about as a trainer – “sometimes less is more.” That saying is almost always somehow coupled with “more isn’t always better.”
If you’ve ever done any sort of working out, you’ve probably heard this… likely because you would like to think it was true!
Sometimes, doing more isn’t always a better idea. In fact, many times it can lead to overtraining, injury, burnout, or illness.
And unless you’re professional bodybuilder and are taking all kinds of performance enhancing drugs, overdoing the heavy weight lifting is not going to be a good idea. However, that doesn’t mean that more is always a bad thing.
There are a lot of factors to consider when doing performance training that you wouldn’t need to worry about for more ‘regular’ fitness type training. Speed, power, mobility, strength, injury prevention and control, the difference between aerobic conditioning and anaerobic conditioning, etc., are all things that a trainer and trainee need to consider.
Now you guys at Bootcamp are not ‘regular’ fitness trainees. You are taking it to the next level. You’re not satisfied with ‘ordinary’ results, you want more than that. This is where the “less is more” theory can come unstuck.
See, the whole gist behind the “more isn’t always better” philosophy is that you should be efficient with your training, and never train too much. Your body doesn’t get bigger or stronger when you’re training – it’s while you’re res
ting, recovering, and rebuilding that you get stronger, bigger, fitter etc.
So the idea is that you want to find that fine balance between doing enough work in the gym to tear your body down sufficiently, and then giving it enough time to let it recover and build up better than it was before.
If you train too much, then your body never has a chance to recover and rebuild. If you train too little (or not hard enough), then you’ll recover just fine, but you’ll never tear yourself down enough to ever come back any fitter, stronger, faster and leaner.
This principle applies to the FitterFaster Training Philosophy.
Improvements in fitness require an improvement in work capacity. That basically means how much work can you do, how hard can you do it, and how long can you do it for.
To increase your work capacity, you have to… well… do more work. There isn’t really any way around it. There are a lot of ways to increase work capacity, but at it’s most simple, you have to do more work and/or do that work harder.
So much for the whole “more isn’t always better” idea.
There are all different kinds of training techniques and theories. One such theory is call HIT and is used extensively in body building. You basically do one exercise per body part for one set only using the absolute maximum weight you could use for the number of reps in that set. It’s been proven to pack on muscle quickly using the less is more principle.
But this kind of training is not going to improve your fitness and performance and is especially not going to help very much at all with fat loss.
This style of training is great for building muscle, but won’t do anything for improving your work capacity because it’s ONE set. It won’t improve your fitness and it will not burn much fat at all. It’s one very efficient way of growing muscle though, if that is your goal.
So does this mean that you shouldn’t be efficient with your training? No way. You need to make the most of every minute you have available. That’s why we use high intensity sets, group exercises together (rather than resting between every set) and use particular drills and sequences that get the most results for what we are trying to achieve.
But if you’re not getting the results you want, you may want to have a look and see if you are doing enough.
Are you training hard enough in each session?
Are you pushing further, faster or higher each week?
Are you committing enough time to your whole fitness program?
And are you allowing for enough recovery between sessions?
Remember you don’t get fitter during the training session, but between them when your body recovers and over compensates.
So although the “less is more” theory sounds good, taken too literally, like in ‘4 easy minutes per day’ or ‘3 times 20 minutes a week’ or such, you will only get out what you put in.
I know it comes as a surprise to a lot of people, but if you want to look Fit and Lean, you actually have to BE Fit and Lean.
No excuses, Just Results