These are a few things that make up my basic philosophy of training, diet, and exercise.
Effectiveness Over Efficiency
I see so many people focused on getting the best results out of the least amount of time or effort. We just want to get the best results possible. It may be that sometimes, we will do too much. I can live with that. That’s what foam rollers and ice baths are for. What I can’t live with is knowing that I did too little.
Actually Be Fit
No one capable of great strength, athleticism, and endurance looks like a couch potato. The same can’t be said of people who occasionally “diet” or “work out”. Chasing fitness goals requires you to get outside of your comfort zone. It pushes you beyond your supposed limitations and requires your body to adapt. A great physique is the result of hard work over months and often years. The ability to increase and sustain that work is fitness. When you are able to consistently work harder and longer than ever before, your body will always reflect that.
Take What Works and Reject the Rest
Bruce Lee was the greatest martial artist in the world. It wasn’t because he trained fanatically, although he did. Many great martial artists trained with equal discipline and passion. He was the best because he had a unique mindset. He didn’t blindly accept one style of fighting as the best style, but took the techniques that worked best for him from every style and mastered them. We are each born with different heights, weights, and metabolisms. We have different schedules and stressors. You have to find what works best for you as you put your diet and training together. Some assembly is required.
Have a Why
This is about more than just picking things up and putting them down. It’s more than eating or not eating certain things. Pushing yourself to grow is hard. You need to have a reason to do it that belongs to you alone – a reason to become more than you already are.