I recently came across a study that sought to find the “best” way to train for strength and hypertrophy (building muscle) and the results were revelatory. Rep ranges, tempo work, rest periods—none of them matter all that much. Consistency trumps the minutiae by a huge margin. I’ve found this to be true in so many aspects of life, but it’s especially true when it comes to fitness. If you eat pizza three times a week and can’t remember the last time you had a vegetable, it doesn’t really matter what kind of whey protein you drink. If you come to the gym twice a week, a new jump rope or a $200 pair of weightlifting shoes or a new Rogue weight belt isn’t going to magically make you fitter. I’ve spent thousands of dollars on new shoes, new equipment, new programs, protein shakes, supplements, and all of that combined has maybe given me .1% of my results. If you know me and my workout ADD at all, I’ve hopped programs about a thousand times. But I’ve done something good for my body almost every day for the last 8 years and that is the 99.9%. It doesn’t matter what you do. Just have fun, and keep doing it.

 

-Coach Nate