It's been a long time since I updated the site. Coaching took up most of my time, so I didn’t have many opportunities to write. Although I continued to train in the same way as always. Thus, although I may not write as often as I used to, my work in the gym basically remains the same. I do not waste time trying to reinvent the wheel. Instead, I work hard and continue to stick with what I already know to be effective.
Speaking of wheels, I still use a pair that I made over 15 years ago. Below you will see a brief selection of newsletters relating to 2004.
Maintenance is progress
After the publication of the distribution list, I saw a few comments from people asking what the meaning of the sequence was, if you do not solve new problems. However, the logic in this matter is erroneous. You do not need to do something new to demonstrate progress.
Be able to constantly do what you once did (perhaps better than before) is an example of progress. And maintaining past abilities is becoming increasingly important every year. Using myself as an example, the above video begins with the fact that I turned 20 years old. You will see me in my 30 and 40 years. I may be older, but I am also bigger, stronger and more capable with wheels than before. This is progress.
And if I can continue to use the wheels in my 50, 60 and further, this will also be progress. I do not need to constantly look for something new or different. I can continue to test myself with an exercise that has already proven its effectiveness.
Variety vs. consistency
Now that I understand the importance of consistency, let me quickly change gears and remind you that consistency does not mean that you are opposed to diversity. As I already said, variety can be subtleIt is possible to remain in agreement with exercises that have proven useful, while at the same time including subtle forms of diversity for preventing stagnation.
For example, variety can mean changing your running route. This may mean changing your grip on the pull-up panel. This may mean pushing the handstand instead of the rings. This may mean doing an exercise with thick handles instead of a standard barbell. This may mean working from time to time with dumbbells instead of barbells or vice versa.
This list has no end.
Thus, one of the biggest mistakes I see is the constant jumpers in the program, who are constantly moving from one idea to another, never sticking to anything long enough to reap the benefits. If you constantly change gears and change programs, you never spend enough time working with anything to make any meaningful progress.
After you have found a useful exercise or program, there is no reason to abandon it just for the sake of variety. I would prefer to use something that I know will work than risk having no proven experience. And pay attention, I do not suggest you never try new things. Just do not rush to give up what already works when you do it.
"Long-term consistency exceeds short-term intensity." – Bruce Lee