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Fitness in general has become a breeding pot for extreme ideas or so it seems to me. Throughout my 14 year career  I have seen and heard so many thoughts that just aren’t true or have been taken to harmful extremes. Now don’t get me wrong a nice thrashing once in a while will put some hair on your chest. (if you want it!) Also if you are getting ready to compete or do compete in a sport, then you will want to be a bit more extreme depending on what you play and do.

 

However, If we always get thrashed when we train you will not get to goals or at least be able to maintain the success that you have achieved so far. As a result, I am a big believer in doing the right amount of everything to get the maximum benefit. In spite of how much this reasonable mentality is catching on. most of mainline fitness thinks that one must kill themselves and spend every single free minute at the gym to get results.

 

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I am here to tell you that it is not so, unless you are training for some sort of completion, you can do the bare minimum done well with the right amount of intensity and get amazing results. I have seen nothing good from being too extreme and going overboard. Setting p.r. s all the time, making too big jumps in weight too often, not owning a move for the sake of just trying to do more and so-on. Not only will these mind-sets eventually lead to the law of diminishing returns, but they will also most likely leave you “licking your wounds” on the sidelines while others who trained in a balanced way continue to progress!

I don’t know about you, but I have been there and it is very depressing and discouraging.

 

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There is also the sort of going crazy over an nutrition program and thinking that you must perform absolutelty one hundred percent to see change . When that is not the case, again unless you are competing in a physique event, there is no need need to be an extreme dieter.

In fact the body needs balance and if you seek to continue to live this lifestyle over your whole life, being balanced can help you achieve that goal. So eat some “bad stuff” once in awhile, if you enjoy alcohol, have some and so-on. Just remember not to go crazy and to eat more whole foods than anything else and you will do fine.

 

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Then there is also the extreme no nutrition, no exercise and self indulgent lifestyle and that is also destructive and can lead to major health problems and death. So this post is not saying to live that way either. It is rather exhorting us to find balance in what we do.

Train hard some times, go heavy, hit the conditioning hard. Work on mobility and satbility, eat well and cheat sometimes. Be lazy here and there and spend lots of time with your family. Just remember in everything that you do to seek and learn balance and if you do, you will be so much happier , healthier and get amazing fitness gains!!!!!!

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