• Phil

How Much Training for "Ultimate Results"?

Got the above email from a Challenger who has recently returned to CF after a long hiatus. Should she do more than the required 4 weekly classes so she can reach the fabled rank of “ultimate results?” It makes sense. If a class gets some results, then more classes should get more results.

I told her not to do it. Why?

For me, “ultimate results” means being in great shape permanently. It means finding an apply a system of moving and eating that can be sustained over the long term. It requires effort, but it needn’t monopolize all your time, and completely dominate your lifestyle.

To me, 5, or 6 classes per week is a monopoly, and while you may lose 12 pounds instead of 10 by taking those extra classes, you may also get bored in a couple of months. And what happens then? You fall off the horse. And what happens then? The weight comes back. And so it goes… trapped in this frustrating holding pattern, oscillating between svelte and a not quite svelte enough.

We all want crazy results, but those twelve pounds are the very definition of “false economy” if they lead you into a pattern of yo-yo weight loss. Far better to temper back your expectations, and make your ascent at a slower, more dependable pace. When you don’t collect a smash, while you may not smash the calories, you will refresh your mind and body. And this is precisely what you need if you’re going to make this fixture permanent.

You’re on your own, and you’re lonely, so you’re drinking far too much Chardonnay. You meet a guy, he’s called Circuit Factory. He’s hot. He gets you off the wine, and gives you everything you need, so you start spending as much time with him as possible. In fairly short order, the things you found most cute begin to grind your gears. You can’t stand it any longer, so you decide to take a break. Back to the warm loving arms of Monsieur Chardonnay.

There was nothing wrong with the hunk above – he was all fine, and lovely – just as you first thought. The only issue was the fact that you tried to boil his bunnies. You took the inverse root of absence makes the heart grow fonder, you ended up resenting him, and had to step away.

To obtain ultimate results, you need to be consistent, and if you want to be consistent, you need to keep that spark alive. A flash in the pan feels great in the moment, but if it kills the spark, it’s a bad strategic play.

They say “you can never have too much of a good thing.”

Yes, you can.

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