There are so many different types of equipment and training protocols that it can be hard to pick one and go with it.
Everyone is concerned with which one is going to be the best for getting them the results they want. Who can blame them?
Too often, inexperienced gym goers have ADD when it comes to their training.
One week they want to run a marathon, the next they want to look like a Victoria’s Secret model, and by the end of the month they want to work on their strength.
There are some marketing geniuses out there and they are very good at confusing the crap out of prospective fitness clients.
They use testimonials from people that have achieved the goals that they are trying to promote and it sways the opinion of beginners.
Kettlebells are the best. Use barbell complexes to lose 54 pounds in 30 seconds! Wait no, barbells are bad and you should do HIIT.
So how do we sift through this information?
1. The best program is the one that you are going to do.
If you only want to run if you are being chased by a lion, then a program based on running is not a good idea.
A lot of people like spin classes but that’s not the way to build strength.
No one said training was going to be the most fun thing in the world, but there needs to be some level of enjoyment or else the efforts will be lost.
People that want to lift heavy things should lift heavy things.
The big part of this idea is also finishing the program out. Results do not occur after one week, so you cannot judge the program until it is all said and done.
Complete the whole program and the results will take care of themselves.
2. You need to work on some of the things that you are not good at
Those that struggle with their diet should prioritize their nutrition and focus most of their energy on that.
People that want to get stronger but are stuck in the less than bodyweight categories need to work on exercises that involve heavy weights.
If we only do the things that we are good at then progress becomes stunted.
The same goes for programs that have been going on for years. I am sure there are some people who have benched every Monday since the Regan administration.
I doubt these people are benching close to 1000 pounds so the progress has stopped at some point.
3. You have to work with the equipment you have.
I personally feel that the best programs are the ones that incorporate multiple methods of training.
I use kettlebells, barbells, dumbbells, bands, sleds, med balls, sand bags, and different conditioning intervals with my clients.
One is not better than the other but they each have their own unique purpose.
There is nothing worse than the people that are so invested in one type of training that you cannot talk to them about other methods.
HIIT or nothing, I only do cardio, and kettlebells for life are three examples of attitudes that are going to leave some performance on the table.
The program that you will complete that incorporates favorable methods is going to have the best chance to get you the best results. No one said you have to run, so pick something else if you do not want to run.
You must address some of the things that you are not so good at. If you can run for miles and miles, pick up a barbell.
You cannot fit square pegs into round holes. No box to jump on? Sorry, you are not doing box jumps.
Notice how there are no specifics as to how to train. No rep schemes, philosophies, or exercises.
Feel out what works for you but follow the ideas above.