This might be fun for the group and helpful for those looking this time of year. Two-part thought experiment:
- Does it matter what program you do?
- Does it matter if you follow a program at all?
List your assumptions
For me, 1: not a bit. 2: maybe, but likely not.
I’m assuming you just want to get a little bigger and stronger, don’t compete in anything, and have a regular life. This implies that good, consistent results will beat out unsustainable/ impractical “optimal” results.
So our target customer is a 30-year-old working mom/ dad that wants to challenge themselves daily, be healthy for their family, impress everyone at the pool this summer; time sacrifices from work/ home have to be proportionate to these simple goals.
I don’t think what program you follow matters at all for these goals, for these reasons:
- If it motivates you, you’ll challenge yourself
- It’s impossible to work consistently in the gym and not improve
- The pool look is diet-driven anyway
- If it doesn’t matter what program you select, you’ll choose one that meets your lifestyle constraints
I’m not sure it matters if you follow a program at all, unless:
- You’ve never trained before; you need some background
- You won’t be consistent without the accountability of a program
- You have some specific goal not in my assumptions above
My hope is this should be somewhat freeing for those of us that get overwhelmed at the expense of doing. Let’s Pareto principle this thing! Maybe you disagree with me, though.
What are your thoughts?