the north face parka Critical Exercise Routine Success Factors
And as far as I can tell, everyone wants tighter abs and more energy.
The Old Way:Well, if you don’t mind limiting our example to exercise for the moment, I think I have a few things that can help you in your endless search for the most efficient use of your fitness time.
Introducing: “The Rule Of 3 80/20 (Principle)”
Any activity of importance (like exercise) can be broken down into three, and only three Critical Success Factors. Furthermore, one of these critical success factors should account for 80% of your efforts. And the other two, on average, just 10% of your time, energy, and effort (that is, of course, if you actually want to get anything done).
Thus sayeth The Fitness Sage (that’s me).
And you should listen to me when it comes to getting things done,
because I have a Masters Degree and ADD (attention deficit disorder). Without principles like the above, I would be hocking blackmarket Pi Tae Boga Lates tapes to out of work actors in LA.
Yeah, so I’m ripping off the Pareto Principle and the Rule Of 3, but you’ll forgive me real quick when you see how this applies to your exercise routine.
Now that I’ve circumnavigated my point a few times, here it is real simple, in 3 (surprise, surprise) easy steps:
The Three Critical Exercise Routine Success Factors
1. Consistent Progression: Needs 80% of your time and attention.
2. Sufficient Intensity: Needs 15% of your time and attention.
3. Needs 5% of your time and attention.
So your job is to simply pick one of these, hold all the rest constant, and improve your chosen workout parameter from week to week, workout to workout until you can no longer do so (just remember to hold everything else constant! especially total workout duration).
When you can’t improve on your chosen parameter, pick a different one and repeat.
That’s it. It really is that simple. Tools needed: 1 pocket sized notebook and a stopwatch. Not aerobics. Not LSD (long slow distance cardio). Or any other fitness fad that makes your lungs burn more than your muscles. If you’re consistently getting 20+ reps on all your exercises,
then you need to choose more difficult exercises. Period.