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    What’s the LEAST amount of training you can do?

    By David (Jacko) Jackson

    Please don’t get confused, we’re not lazy all of a sudden!

    The question of “what’s the least amount of training you can do?” is about trying to simplify training so we can be more effective with what we do, it’s not about doing less because we’re lazy. It means you’ll be focusing on what brings you the most progress and ultimately better results.

    Too often people see a good exercise or a progression for a movement or goal they have and they add it to what they’re already doing? Or people ‘ask what else’ or ‘what extra things do I need to be doing to help me achieve my training goals’?

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    More is not always better.

    More of one thing means less time on something else, like the opportunity cost principle.

    More of everything means you’ll also need more time to recover from the extra work as well.

    More is most certainly more… but do you need more? Is my question. Rather than more, what’s the least amount of training you need to do to reach your goals of redefining your impossible.

    Rather than asking what else and what extra things we should be doing, I want you to ask yourself;

    What are the 1 or 2 key things that are actually going to make a difference to my training goals?

    As an example, if you’re training towards a ring muscle up and you’ve figured out that you’re just not pulling high enough to enter the transition then focus on developing your false grip pulling strength. That’s it.

    If you’re struggling with frogstand progressions and say you can take one knee off but not both. Focus on the one progression you have (the one knee off isometric) and then build strength with a pike push up progression that fits your ability and focus on that for vertical pushing strength. That’s it.

    Try not to overcomplicate things. Figure out what your weaknesses are, the things which are stopping you from achieving your goals. Once you have them, then pick one or 2 things that focus on that specifically. Those key things you can perform well – as in a progression or regression which suits your movement and strength ability – and then, dedicate your focus, time and training on those specific few things.

    Tim has used this method with elite Paralympic athletes for years with amazing effects. He calls it ‘Minimum Effective Dose’ and it’s all about understanding what your weaknesses are, so that we can be more effective and efficient with our training time rather than simply trying harder and doing more!

    Less is more.

    I hope this has been helpful and gives you some ideas on how you can train more efficiently and effectively. If you’d like more help with your training you can learn and train online with us in the Virtual Classroom or you can join us for a workshopnew dates and venues for 2020 have been announced.

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