I recently sat down with my buddy Brian Byrnes who is a practitioner of Convict Conditioning and progressive calisthenics. Brian is one of the few people who truly understand the value of building a solid personalised workout routine.
As I explain in my book, Fitness Independence, a lot of people take one of two approaches towards their routine.
1- People pick a routine and follow it to the letter, obsessing over getting every detail perfect. They insist on following every rule exactly as it’s laid out.
2- Others “wing it” and just train instinctively doing whatever they feel might be best from one day to the next.
Both of these approaches have their pros and cons. Sticking to a strict routine gives you the structure you need to build consistency and progression. The downside is you don’t make modifications to that plan as you need change. This means you’re trying to force yourself to conform to a routine that’s not ideal for you.
On the other hand, “winging it” allows you the freedom and flexibility to modify your workouts to your personal needs. The downside is you lack the structure and consistency to make any real progress.
The best approach is to have a structured routine that you adapt to your personal needs. This takes experience, trust and a lot of trial and error.
Brian is one of the few people who really understands how to blend the two together to optimize his training around his lifestyle. He also runs the website, Stressfreestrength.com which is definitely worth a look.
Listen in here and learn from his experience: