Do Less, But Better

Way back in 2002, when I first started seriously training, it was pretty common for me to spend 6 days a week at the gym, training for 2 hours a day.

Each individual muscle had it's own day, and I would do 8-10 exercises for 3-4 sets each - doing literally hundreds of reps every day.

Then I'd finish every workout with a few ab exercises and at least 30 minutes of cardio.

This went on for years, spending 12+ hours every week at the gym, beating my body up for the sake of looking good.

It wasn't until my body started to break down, at 23(!), from all the volume and stress of training that much, that I started to look for other options.

A Better Way

Then, in 2008, I found the world of kettlebell training and everything changed.

All of a sudden, I didn't need to spend that much time and energy in the gym.

I didn't need to beat myself up every day.

Instead, I could train every muscle in my body, get stronger, increase my flexibility, burn fat and build muscle - all in a couple 20 minute kettlebell workouts a week.

This is where I realized the power of minimalism - the idea of doing less but doing it better.

My training focused on a handful of kettlebell lifts, that utilized every muscle in my body, so I didn't have to do dozens of exercises and thousands of reps to make progress.

I was doing less, but the stuff I was doing was better. 

I was focusing on quality instead of quantity.

And I've found that this minimalist approach works for everything in life.

Simplify your nutrition.

Simplify your training.

Simplify your health.

Start focusing on doing less, but better, and you'll reach your goals so much faster.

In Strength and Health,