With tons of different workout plans out there, you’ll definitely know the difficulty of selecting just one plan to work with. I’ve been struggling to look for a workout plan that I can stick with simply because there are too many! You’ve seen them before, you know what I mean. You’ve got the 12-week shred, the Robert Strongman Guide to Great Abs, Flab to Fab, The Johnny Tripleceps 8-Week Grind and all sorts of other programs. I’m going to share with you one simple lesson I’ve learned which you can apply to pretty much any other field.
Analysis paralysis. Try saying that fast five times
It just rolls of the tongue really well, doesn’t it? Too much information leads to inaction. This is something that’s applicable to pretty much anything you can think of. With all the choices out there we tend to do exactly nothing. With too many restaurants, even picking a place for dinner can be a daunting task. It’s simple to figure out why. When we’ve got so many different options in front of us, we fear picking the wrong one. We fear committing to one thing and then realising at the end that it was the wrong choice.
The truth is, unless you’re training for something highly specific, like a competitive sport such as swimming, you can pretty much pick any workout plan and it will work as long as you give it a solid effort. Sure, it may not yield the absolute fastest and greatest result. But the thing is, for the average person, the fastest and greatest is completely unnecessary. This is something I’ve had a lot of difficulty coming to terms with because I read so much about fitness and workout programs and all the new workout routines.
You don’t have to know everything before you start. Tweak as you go
Think about it. 10, heck, even 50 years ago, people could get in amazing shape at the gym. They didn’t know about all the fancy new moves, all the greatest equipment, etc. They achieved it by just doing rather than excessive planning. Sure, now we know that sit-ups and crunches are actually damaging to your spine, but this is knowledge that you can apply as you go. If you didn’t know that, it’s not too late to fix it now. You don’t have to know everything before you start. If you find that one of your exercises is actually dangerous, just stop doing it and switch it up with something else.
The point is, just pick something and start
You’re not going to go too far wrong as long as you start working out. Like I said, tweak as you go, and change things up as you learn new techniques. The most important thing is to start. Avoid being what I used to be like, more committed to planning and selecting my workouts rather than actually working out. Analysis paralysis. There it is again.
- Too much choice leads to analysis paralysis
- We’re afraid of making the wrong choice
- Pick one and stick with it, even an average workout plan will work if you give it a solid attempt
- It’s not necessary to know everything before you start; you can tweak it as you go