People: I thought resistance bands and limited apparatus was invented by famous-for-being-famous social media workouters in 2020.
In the video I said ‘85, but I think it was ‘86 (https://www.instagram.com/tv/CW0guJeDXKA/?utm_medium=copy_link). Regardless, when I tell people I’ve been thinking about health and fitness for far longer than my nearly two decades of professional strength coaching, I’m not bullshitting. Granted, I mostly wanted to be a Hulkamaniac and a Ninja Turtle; but it would be only three years after this that I started picking up adult exercise science and nutrition science text books at the library. Long before Glassman started formulating what he would far later call “Crossfit.” Long before contemporary influencers were a twinkle in their fathers’ eyes.
People wondered at how our company grew immensely during pandemic lockdowns. Part of it was that I realized nearly four decades ago that access to the "right" place or equipment or program was meaningless. Weak and incapable coaches get hung up on having the "right" space or "right" equipment. That is precisely why they fail. I have been making do with limited equipment and maximizing what's available for fitness for almost 40 years. The reality is that being plugged into SOMEthing on a regular basis absolutely destroys the "results" from fancy gym memberships and the "right" equipment. I have case studies on people who remained in virtual workouts and never came in-person for over a year whose results are ten times better than all of the people who scrambled back into facilities the moment they could. In fact, the average in-person gym-goer has significantly WORSE results than people who learn to consistently train wherever and whenever they can.
After all this time, I can confidently say that there is no superior methodology except pragmatism. Pay close attention: success in health and fitness is not about the “right” program, the “right” workout, the “right” exercises, the “right” diet. It’s about two factors alone: get/stay plugged in; PROgress your ability, if even by a sliver.
That’s it. Ignore the 30, 60, 90 day sales pitches. Ignore the attention-whores who are grossly over-sharing every little fraction of their days, trying to rope you into believing in their detox or workout outline. Do two things: figure out a way to get/stay plugged in (in some way, any way) to a fitter lifestyle; PROgress your ability predominantly through intense (relative to your tolerance/capacity) effort.
These two things can be totally separate, by the way. Some people will stay plugged in through classes, through daily jogs, through hikes. And that’s a great first step. But none of that accounts for the second one. If you cannot squat heavier next year than this year, you are weaker and less capable. It doesn’t matter if you walk 180 miles per week. You have great endurance, true. But your potential fitness could well be less.
Going on 4 decades of fitness experience, I leave it at that: plug in; get strongER.