Tell me if you have had this conversation before?
“So I was reading this article/watching this video/listening to this Podcast and it said that the BEST way to get (insert XYZ goal here) is do THIS and ONLY THIS? The author/speaker/purveyor of truth is very fit/muscular/skinny/famous so it must be true, right?”
Inevitably, I want to shake this person like a British nanny every time they ask me this.
Pay attention, this is going to rock your world….Are you paying attention?
THESE PEOPLE DON’T KNOW YOU. THEY HAVE NEVER MET YOU. THEY PROBABLY WILL NEVER MEET YOU. AND WHAT THEY ARE TELLING YOU IS WHAT WORKS FOR THEM, NOT NECESSARILY WHAT WILL WORK FOR YOU.
You still with me?
You are a unique, one of a kind, collection of cells and genetics. Totally special. A snowflake if you will. While the person giving out this advice might be giving you a good TECHNIQUE to keep in your tool box of skills and knowledge, this is by NO MEANS the only skill or piece of information you should use.
You need to find what works BEST FOR YOU. Which sometimes means trying out a bunch of different techniques and knitting together a plan that it as UNIQUE as you are. That means lifting heavy, lifting light, high reps, low reps, drop sets, super sets, resistance training, HIIT, low impact, steady state, high fat, low carb, low protein, high protein, high carb, low fat, fasted, intermittent, low fiber, high fiber----You see where I’m going with this?
How could some stranger, with a totally different set of genetics, a totally different metabolism, a totally different work life and home life, who has never talked to you about your body or how it feels, possibly know THE ONLY WAY for you to reach your goals? They can’t.
That’s why we innovate. We find what works for each one of us specifically. Sometimes the advice giver from above is right on the money. And sometimes they are so far off the mark we lose our mind. The point is, there is no such thing as ONE RIGHT WAY.
Fitness and health is not one size fits all. Remember to try LOTS OF TECHNIQUES and try them often. Don’t just get really good at lifting heavy or starving your body of carbs or running on a treadmill. Be healthy, fit, and strong in as many capacities as possible. Do whatever it takes really J And find a team to help you W.I.T.H. these goals.