Looking back, I can laugh at the error of my approach.
It’s an easy mistake to make. When you’re a beginner, pretty much any lift done with a little bit of effort makes you stronger. It’s easy to get lulled into the idea that this is how your training will always be.
You read about a cool new lift and try it out. Boom, results!
You try a program everyone’s been talking about, do it sort-of-consistently for a month. Ta-da! PRs!
But here’s the catch: the honeymoon period doesn’t last.
When you realize this, and see the results start to slow, it can be so frustrating. At this point, most intermediate lifters do one of two things:
- Give up entirely.
- Grind away even harder.
If you choose number one? Well, you might as well have never set foot in the gym in the first place. You’ll be one of those people, years from now, exaggerating how big and strong you USED to be. If that’s you, you should stop reading here. The rest of what I’ve got to say is not for you.
But if you are like me—and if you’re still reading this, I bet you are—then I know you chose number two. I know you have no interest in the ease of option 1, the ease of throwing your hands up and saying “this isn’t possible!” and going home to watch TV.
I know because I’ve been exactly where you are, and I’ve trained dozens of people facing the same challenge, and helped them come out the other side stronger and more muscular than ever.
Five years ago, when I’d exhausted my beginner’s gains, I went hard. I trained six days per week for an hour at least. I hit every muscle group more frequently, rotating a schedule of joint angles and rep ranges. I used barbells, dumbbells, kettlebells, resistance bands, suspension trainers, cable machines… you name it, I did it.
And I accomplished nothing. I wound up tired, not bigger or stronger.
If you’re tired of being so tired, and not seeing gains, I’m going to help you change your training, and your body, FOR GOOD.
I’m going to teach you how MORE isn’t better. I’m going to teach you how, within a few months, you can experience the most rapid period of muscle gain in your life.
I’ll give you the exact steps I took to gain 20 pounds of muscle in just 3 months.
It’s all about the programming.
It’s time to get smart and FOCUSED. It’s the single most powerful thing you can do for your training.
Five years ago, when I was stuck like you, I finally got the courage to trust that LESS was MORE.
What do I mean, exactly?
- I stripped my bloated training library down to a handful to essential lifts. I realized I didn’t need to do separate exercises for each of the 640 muscles in the human body. I needed to trust just a few powerful basics and CRUSH them.
- I slashed my training schedule, from six days a week to four. You don’t get big and strong from lifting weights. You get big and strong from RECOVERING from lifting weights. More recovery = more gains, I reasoned. Especially since I was going to give those training days my every scrap of effort.And because I was training less frequently, I was training with way more focus, effort, and intensity (funny how that works).
- I focused on QUALITY over QUANTITY. I discovered the difference between minimalism and essentialism. Some people were interested in finding the “minimum effective dose” of lifting. Not me. I wasn’t interested in doing the bare minimum. But I no longer wanted to waste effort on stuff that didn’t produce results. I wanted to do the essentials only—but with maximum effort.