What You Need


April 1, 2020

Yes I know exactly what's missing from your training.

I know what you're doing and what you aren't doing.

Cause it's the same for me too.

You do what you like and skip what you don't. Just like when you were young, you focused on sports you were good at.

I'm the same. If I randomly hit the gym, I'm doing chest, shoulders and triceps. I like those lifts.

But squatting or pull ups or abs? Nah, they seem hard. I don't like them and often skip em.

I like dead lifting but now a days it takes me a long time to warm up and get ready. And I don't really like that part.

Should I be doing mobility work? Ah, yeah, like every day. Do I do this? No, I don't like doing it and it's hard when you're immobile (kinda a catch-22).

So that's the main problem you and I have. We do what we like to do (and what we're good at) when we really need to be working on our weaknesses.

Not every workout but over the course of time, say maybe a 10 day snapshot, you should be hitting everything:
  1. what you like
  2. and what you need
That's the way to get to the next level.

Ya gotta get the 5 human movements in:
>> Push
>> Pull
>> Hinge
>> Squat
>> Carry

Some folks argue for 7 movements, adding rotation or twisting and lunging (it is different from squatting I guess)

Whatever, pick how you want to dissect it and get those in as a baseline.

Honestly, if you do that consistently, you'll be healthy and pretty darn fit.

But, if you're serious about getting jacked, there's another level.

This is where you add dynamic or explosive workouts (sprinting, jumping, fast reps), the glycolytic gut busters (really hard to do), the short, intense phosphocreatine fueled workouts (like car push and 2 or 3RM's). This shyte is killer but effective.

If you can do it.

Which brings me back to the beginning. You're a rare breed if you can reliably push yourself to your limits.

So this got me thinking about putting together a challenge of sorts, to get some competition into it. Competition generally helps compliance.

But rather than, "here's a workout, let's all do it", I'm thinking of a club. A training club. Maybe the T Club (yeah testosterone). And women need testosterone too if they want to build muscle so this isn't just men only.

It's a club where we talk shop, work out, compare results and training methods, have some friendly competition from time to time, break balls, you know, act like you're 25 again.

Whose it for?

I see two distinct groups that could benefit from it.
  1. the fit person who wants to be fitter or just maintain a high level of fitness and would enjoy the banter and collective knowledge of the members. What I want is an active group who are engaged, sharing what they know, what they're doing, what results they're getting, etc. I'm in this group and would like the interaction with others similar to me.
  2. the kinda fit person who wants to be fitter, more muscular or more aerobically fit but doesn't believe they have a lifetime of knowledge (training knowledge) to share. What they do have is good habits around training and a desire to take it to the next level.
Look, let's be honest, everyone wants to be healthy and fit but most aren't. Why?

Those that struggle haven't been able to build the foundation habits, the basic eat good food (more often than not), train consistently, manage stress (to some degree) habits.

And this is easier said than done. I get that.

But you need the good habits squared away first.

Anyway, enough chatter.

Who wants to be in the T Club? Raise your hand.

About the author 

Mark Fickler

Mark aka The Old Spartan and Over-50 Fitness Savior is a 64 year old coffee guzzling father of five wandering the outdoors around Albuquerque, New Mexico. Mark helps Active Boomers get lean, healthy and strong so they live rewarding, fun lives using his signature 2 Rule Easy Fat Loss training program.

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