In part 1 we looked at the macro-mistake of jumping from one coach, trainer, or workout program to another before they can actually drive results for you. Here in part 2, we look at the micro-Stop making the micro-mistake that can undermine your workout results. I want you to stop making shit-soup out of your workouts. The scenario that I see all too often is that a person with good intentions and willingness to work hard 7 days per week ends up faltering because they make one fatal flaw. They are working out 7 days per week, how can that be bad? More is better right? More workouts, more types of workouts, more approaches to fitness must be better... right? Sorry, it doesn't work that way. When you workout 7 days per week and have 8 different modes of workouts with 3 different programs and 4 coaches who you get guidance from, you end up with the workout version of shit-soup. I use the term shit-soup to describe what happens in the kitchen when you take a dozen high-end, fresh, delicious ingredients that don't go together and throw them in a pot expecting something delicious. It doesn't work that way in the kitchen either. Your ingredients in the kitchen or in your fitness and workout approach have to compliment each other and tell a story together. This is why it is important to be selective about the different workout modes and programs that you allow into your overall routine. Your best bet is to pick one resistance program that is your foundation and then pick 1-2 other modes of exercise that your foundational resistance program supports and compliments. This will help you to avoid overtraining, burnout, and injury. This will help you to avoid the workout version of shit-soup.
Tim DiFrancesco, PT, DPT spent 6 seasons as the Head Strength & Conditioning Coach of the Los Angeles Lakers and is the founder of TD Athletes Edge. He is nationally renowned for his evidence-based and scientific approach to fitness, training, nutrition, and recovery for athletes and fitness enthusiasts.