Today is the last installment of this newsletter series, “How Regular People Should Train”.
For a quick reminder here are the qualities you should be focused on based on the quote from my friend Doug, a former Recon Marine:
- Improving aerobic capacity helps burn fat, increase stamina, boosts recovery and can lower stress
- Training for localized muscular endurance help ward of fatigue while doing your daily repetitive tasks
- Aerobic power helps you do both of the above at a higher rate
- Strength training builds lean toned muscles, of course it makes you stronger, wards off osteoporosis and hardens us against injury
- Ensure balance in all things.
In Doug’s words it’s looks like this…
"I [also] think training like a Navy S.E.A.L. is stupid for the average person. I would say [normal people should] PT like [the] infantry units, run, body weight stuff, “ruck” a little, a little weights and enjoy life if you’re not training for specifics."
The topic came up in a discussion about the fad of HIIT training that is usually associated with training like “special ops”, S.E.A.L.s or just high intensity interval training - all of these have been marketed as a “breakthrough” for fat loss and getting in shape.
But, from an educated standpoint most people don’t need and shouldn't be doing this type of training - it should be saved and done, sparingly, only once the trainee has built up the proper foundation.
So, how should most “regular people” train?
Well, I covered that here in the 5 previous installments, so if you missed them here are the links:
Today we are talking about “balance” or as Doug puts it - “Enjoying life”.
This is important because I think too many people approach their fitness goals with an intense black and white, all or nothing attitude.
In reality getting in and staying in shape should compliment your life and the important things in your life.
So, when it comes to training, no one component is more important than the others, but you should place more emphasis on the ones that are lagging.
If you’ve done years and years of cardio only, then it would be in your best interest to really focus on strength training and focus on maintaining your cardio levels.
The opposite is true, too.
I, and many of the guys i used to lift with in college avoided cardio like the plague claiming it would hurt our progress in getting stronger.
Considering I graduated college 60 pounds heavier than I am today I think it’s fair to say that didn’t work out too well for me.
Luckily, I developed a method for myself that I now use with others to lose that weight and keep it off for over 15 years.
Had I just introduced some balance back then, I wouldn’t be wrestling with weight issues for the rest of my life.
If you’re not sure where you need the most help, I can help with that.
The same goes for nutrition - don’t strive to be perfect.
90% is close enough and still allow you to have “date nights”, enjoy cake at birthday parties and to be social at work or other social gatherings.
What does 90% look like?
Simple, say you eat 4 times a day during the week and 3 times a day on the weekends.
This equals 26 “meals”, and 10% is about 2.5 meals to fudge a little - this is NOT a license to go nuts, but a way to add some foods or a drink that you would normally label as “bad”.
It’s as easy as that!
So, try to add balance and conscience of how well you’re doing and don’t let yourself slip back into trying to be perfect.
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