I have struggled with the numbers game for some time but lately
I realize that numbers (amount) do not mean nearly as much as purpose
It sad when I see my friends, people I know, and so called
experts post how many days they go to the gym, focus on how many reps they do, and focus on how
many workouts they do. It's even sadder when they equate the high number
of things they do as the main reason for their success. It is not the
high number of things they do, but the quality of what they do. If you work
out hard 6 days a week, do you think that all the workouts are
quality? It's likely a few of those workouts are good but the
others are "just get it down" work outs (I like to call them junk work out or for running junk miles). The just get it done
workouts can actually harm you by decreasing neuromuscular improvement or
increasing your risk for injury.
If you work out hard all the time or at a high intensity, your body will
eventually lose efficiency.
You are completely taxing your system and not
allowing for proper recovery. Additionally, you should have a goal with
each workout that does not include "just make it through it."
Good form, improvement in skill, improvement in strength, and/or endurance
should be the goal (pick a primary and secondary goal for each workout).
Another goal should be to not get injured or feel "beat down." You
can have hard workouts that tax you but they should be to test your improvement
not the norm.
Injury occurs from both mental and physical fatigue.
when you one or more areas are overloaded to the point that they body cannot
continue to adapt enough. So, if you are sore all the time or working to
maximum do you think you fatigue mentally and physically? Do you think
you will become stiff and not able to control the movements properly
leading to excessive overload? So, why not try to stay mentally focused
and physically able? Maybe, program in some warm-up and recovery (do not
rely on your coach or instructor to do this for you)?
Instead of focusing on hitting the gym, trails, pavement, etc. 5-6
days week, maybe focus on 3 good workout and 2-3 days of mobility and skill
Instead of thinking always about the number of sets and
reps, think about good quality reps and sets. This all applies to running
as well. Instead of always focused on miles or time, focus and quality
running that improves your abilities. Running 100 miles a week without a
purpose or goal besides getting the miles is only going to get you 100 miles
with some improvements. It will most likely get you hurt and frustrated
as well. Better every day should be your focus not more
every day (more ≠ better, better =
If you are interested in quality of movement and exercise, Natural
Performance Rehab offers group classes or individual sessions to help you understand
and improve your quality and become better every day.