Sweat Equity (noun)- sustained effort; hard work

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    I'm a school teacher who has a passion for strength and conditioning. Over the years I have gained knowledge from the books, but more importantly through life experience and continued learning. My passion has turned into a side business. I see my responsibility as: 1. developing my trainees' strength throughout the whole body, not parts and pieces, both physically and mentally, and 2. to educate people on proper, effective exercise. If you train with me you will not get a cheerleader, but you will get somebody who will push and encourage you so that you will attain your goals. If you want to whine and not work hard, then find another trainer. It doesn't matter if you are a middle aged housewife or a college athlete-I can get you where you want to go, but only if you want it! If you are interested in training or nutritional counseling to achieve your goals, then please get in touch. Progress, not perfection! -Sweat Equity
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K.I.S.S.

Posted by Sweat Equity on 02/25/2015

If it’s your first time seeing this acronym, it stands for Keep It Simple Stupid! Just because something is new and shiny does not mean that it is better. My first car was a 73 Pontiac Grandville convertible. It was about as long as a free throw lane and weighed about 5000 lbs. The gas mileage on it sucked, but anything smaller than a cement truck was going to bounce right off. That was a safe car! It was built in 73 and I did not get a hold of it until 86, but it was still getting it done. I’m not proposing that we all buy something that gets 9 mpg, but rather most of the older stuff was mostly right. Weight training is no different. Yeah, today we know the difference between sarcoplasmic hypertrophy and myofibrillar hypertrophy, and we know how to make the glycemic index work in our favor following a workout, but most of what we know has been around for a while. If you want to get stronger and build muscle, stick to the basics, eat well (and plenty), and stop thinking and analyzing and tweaking.

For lower body stick to squats, deadlifts, and lunges. For upper body, pull yourself up, row, push something over your head and push something away. Yeah, I know there are other great exercises, and I will give them their due on another day, but for now keep it simple. Lift 2-3 days a week and get your HR up through some sort of conditioning 2-3 days a week. Work hard and give it time!

Progress, not perfection!

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