I have come to a realization about myself. I have a short attention span, especially when it comes to fitness programs. Two weeks is generally about all I can handle doing any one thing. When it comes to exercise, I’m the equivalent of Dug the dog from the Pixar movie “Up”. I decide I’m going to work on one particular thing and all of the sudden “SQUIRREL!” I find something else to go play with.
To be honest, I have fought this for a long time, mentally berating myself for not being able to stick with things. Lately though, I have just come to accept this as part of who I am, who God made me to be. I have an inquisitive nature and my natural inclination is to explore things (fitness-wise), so I figured, don’t fight it. Just go with it. And in truth, I haven’t been this content with my training in a long time.
Strength coach Dan John has been quoted numerous times as saying, “Everything works… for about six weeks.” Charles Poloquin, another strength coach has written before about alternating between two week accumulation phases (high volume work) and two week intensity phases (heavy weight work). There are different models of Undulating Periodization that fluctuate the parameters of the programs fairly frequently. And it’s a fairly well established idea that the longer you have been training, the shorter the time you can stay with one program and get results. So I say all of this to support the idea that maybe, just maybe, I might be on to something here.
So if you are interested in what this looks like, read on. I just finished a two week phase of hypertrophy work (muscle gain). Not quite a “bro split” in terms of the set up of the workouts but very much different than the typical full body approach that I have taken over the years. Starting this week, I will go into a more metabolic oriented phase as I need the conditioning. This will mean higher reps, shorter rest periods, and that full body approach that I just mentioned. I will stick with that for about two weeks. Following that, I will go into a strength oriented program for another two weeks.
This is the cycle that I plan to follow for the next two weeks. I say plan because if I could use air quotations in print they would surround the word ‘plan’ here. Who knows? In two weeks, I might be chasing another squirrel. But I think the ability to transition from one phase to another in a short period of time may just work out to my advantage. I will keep you all informed.