Monday, January 11, 2016

Change takes time

Vaidy finished up his strength program last year and is taking a break rejoining the S&C classes to bring his conditioning back.  Vaidy made huge gains in the last 6 months through constant work.
Remember that we now have a morning class! 7AM Monday through Thursday, available to all members. If you're new to Barbell Strategy, your first class is free.

Are you trying to make a change - get healthier, lose weight, get stronger, get more conditioned? Change is hard work, and you can't expect results overnight. There are a lot of weight loss shows on TV. They always make it seem like the only way to make a change is to do it quickly and dramatically: losing a pound a day, exercising for hours, counting every calorie, having heart-rending personal breakthroughs each day. That may be good for entertainment, but it's not the way real change is made. (Look at the percentages of people who gain the weight back after those shows.)

I would love to work with someone like they get on those shows, someone looking to make a really big change. The first thing I would do is work on setting realistic expectations, and understanding that real change takes time and sustained effort. Someone who is substantially overweight has a broken metabolism, and it takes time and care (NOT calorie restriction) to fix that. If you want to be healthy, you need to educate yourself about real food, experiment with how you respond to different ways of eating, find safe ways to move, build a base of activity, lift appropriate weights safely, and develop and stick to a plan for a healthy lifestyle with good sleep, social support, and stress management.

Of course, weight loss is not everyone's goal. But if your goal is to get stronger or fitter, the same lesson applies. Improvement is a long game, not a short game - you need to put the work in, build a strength or conditioning base, come in to train regularly, and follow a sensible program, and you will see gradual improvement that really adds up.
Workout
front squat 3x5 - add weight from last time (more info)

then

3 rounds with full recovery:

row 1000 m
1 attempt at max pull-ups