De-cluttering training and nutrition

It’s been a long time since I blogged and today seemed like a perfect day to do so. One thing I’ve been thinking about is how I started writing this blog as a way to record my experiences with health and fitness and how it slowly moved away from that and became an information dump of sorts (while helping thousands of people, of course). Considering how busy lazy I’ve been to keep this blog alive and thriving, I think, like everything else in life, it is time to get back to the basics. Make a plan and stick with it. And here is my plan.

Start writing.

Just so we’re clear, this post won’t have any amazing insights about nutrition or links to studies that prove that a certain food is a superfood/poison or how training exactly 17.32 minutes after waking up will help you lose more fat. Posts like this might very well be boring for many, but they are what I need to write and read.

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My battle with fitness related progress has always been because of the ‘switch’ mentality. I’m an all or nothing kind of guy. When it comes to training, I’m in it or out of it. Moderation never works for me. In other words, I walk into a training session either to dominate the session or I explicitly half-ass it or don’t train at all. And honestly, most of you are like me.

I approach, not just training sessions, but even training programs with this mentality. When I start a training program, I’m super excited looking forward to everything about the program and start off with a bang. With time though, my excitement drops and I see myself crawling to the finish line. What is interesting here is that I do stick with the program entirely and I get the results I’m looking for, at least most of it. What I lack is the motivation to keep going beyond the finish line. The problem is not the lack of commitment or lack of variety in the program. The problem is the finish line. The problem is that there is a finish line.

It took me years to understand that fitness never ends. There is no such thing as ‘completion’ when it comes to fitness. Programs, be it a self-conducted one like Starting Strength or a professionally conducted one like The Quad, are short spurts of intense effort providing you visible results. But the point of such programs is to lay a foundation on which you can build on and continue your never ending journey towards fitness.

This all or nothing mentality worked well for a good chunk of time but, like everything else, it got old. It became harder and harder to psych myself up before each training session, to stay committed and focussed to my oh-so-ambitious goals and, most importantly, to make continuous progress.

I decided to fix this once and for all. So here is what I did – I came up with rules to de-clutter my training and nutrition and hence, life. Simple small rules that will help declutter my fitness-life. Here are the rules.

  1. Push, pull, squat, hinge and run. Waste no time on fluff.
  2. Forget equipment. Forget muscles. Focus on movements.
  3. Train hard. Keep total volume low.
  4. Do some form of rehab work everyday.
  5. Stop being a brat and sleep.
  6. Eat protein with every meal.
  7. Keep starch to a minimum on rest days.
  8. Eat more organic produce.
  9. As an immediate response, say no to junk. You can reconsider later.
  10. Supplement wisely.

Details about each one of these rules and how they have helped me stay strong and in great shape without dedicating too much time or sanity to follow in the upcoming posts.

More soon.


10 responses to “De-cluttering training and nutrition

    • RG September 18, 2012 at 4:05 am

      Rehab = rehabilitation. The thing is that we’re all injured one way or the other all day everyday. For some it is injury in the true sense for the other it is injury in terms of incapability (lack of mobility etc.). I’ll explain this in greater detail in the upcoming posts.

  1. Raman September 17, 2012 at 9:46 pm

    Loved the blog.. .thanks for sharing..

  2. funnysideoflife September 17, 2012 at 10:44 pm

    The ten commandments.. Definitely works wonders.. If I may add to point no. 2

    2. Forget equipment. Forget muscles. Focus on movements. Allot time for some fun.

    After all, who doesn’t like curling in the squat rack or doing “bro stuff”. 😉
    Sometimes it is helps to allot some time at the end of every session for these things..

    • RG September 18, 2012 at 4:07 am

      Definitely not a bad thing. But the problem is when people get carried away with the fluff and start neglecting the exercises that actually matter.

  3. Abhigna September 18, 2012 at 8:25 am

    As simple as it can get. Awesome stuff, Raj!

  4. krishnan September 18, 2012 at 4:17 pm

    Good points. Applies to other things in our lives too.
    Btw, did you mean de-cluttering?

  5. sowmya September 19, 2012 at 1:09 pm

    “this post won’t have any amazing insights about nutrition or links to studies” – Didn’t matter. Very terse and refreshing post!

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