What bullshit. I knew they were capable of more.
Enter CrossFit (for me, circa 2009). I was ecstatic to find a whole group of people who were into the practical aspect of fitness, and couldn’t wait to share this amazing philosophy with all my athletes. True functional movements. Train to be prepared for anything. Practice doing difficult and bizarre things under the least opportune circumstances. Make it so that you are physically and mentally capable of handling any challenge, real or manufactured, anytime, anywhere. Yeah, I was instantly hooked.
I would even go out of my way to do things to make the workouts slightly more difficult than prescribed, because I had learned that my power output is directly proportional to the overall badass I would become. Nothing that would put myself at risk of injury, mind you, just little things that were within my capabilities. Things like making my chin go 1″ higher over the bar on pullups than I needed to, making the wallball hit 10.5′ on each (and every) rep, or jumping 24″ up to land on a 20″ box.
Power output = intensity = results. The three are synonymous. Any increase in power output means better results. Any decrease in power output means lower results. Adding 1″ for one pullup doesn’t give much of an increase on overall power (or results, for that matter), but 1″ per rep over the course of 100 reps would add up quite a bit. Likewise, if you go “chin-almost-to-bar” for one rep (as opposed to “chin-clearly-over-bar”) your overall power isn’t affected to any great degree. But if you continually short-rep your pullups by 1″ over the course of the 100 prescribed in the workout then your overall power has also been dramatically decreased, and then of course, so are your results.
My philosophy has always been to help make what you do in the gym translate to what you do when you’re not in the gym. For most of you I get more than the 3 hours each week I used to get with my clients, but even if you come in 5 days each week that still leaves 163 hours when you’re not in the gym. It is the time when you’re living the rest of your life that I’m trying to help you improve.
Don’t short-rep your movements. Don’t be lazy and do the least amount possible to get by in each workout. I have no interest in training you for mediocrity. Make the most of your brief time in the gym. It can be worth so very much, or it can be a waste of time.
One inch. It’s less than the distance between the two knuckles on your index finger. You can’t add one more inch?
What bullshit. I know you’re capable of more.