“What you are is what you have been,
what you will be is what you do now.”-Buddha
Contrary to popular belief, you have a say in how the aging process impacts you: roll over and let it slowly suck your life away, or be proactive and thrive. This is an older article from a legendary coach that outlines simply and succinctly how to keep living a high quality of life as you enter middle age.
There are a lot of factors to consider when designing your training program.
Which exercises to include, the set and rep ranges, and the order of said exercises are all important components, for sure.
None of those are the primary reason that I see people fall short in seeing results from their training, though.
A well executed set of strict chin ups is a thing of beauty.
But like white whales, unicorns, and mermaids, they’re rare to see in the flesh.
The problem most people have is they take every single set of chin ups to absolute failure, then kick, swing, or “walk the imaginary stairs,” to try to squeak one more ugly one out.
You wouldn’t do this on presses, rows, or deadlifts, but for whatever reason, this is how I see most people eek out their chins every time they grab a bar.
And they never get any better at them.
Losing fat isn’t easy by any stretch, but it’s not a complicated formula, either. Create a calorie deficit, strength train to maintain your muscle, and get shredded, right?
Unfortunately 90%+ people who lose weight gain it back within a few years. Why? Because they aren’t adhering to these 2 principles.