Why I Gave Up On Minimalistic Approaches to Fitness

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I used to be a minimalist, both in fitness and in life. I was one of those “less is more” types who always sought ways to do more with an ever decreasing amount of time, money and resources.

Ironically, this time of COVID-19, where many people are cutting back, has taught me that the minimalistic approach isn’t what I really want. Less isn’t always more, and sometimes that attitude can actually cost you more in the long run. It certainly has for me.

Thankfully, I’ve learned a much more effective, and efficient approach as I’m wrapping up my latest book, Micro Workouts. What started out as a minimalist approach to training actually turned out to be a much more powerful lesson when it comes to getting in shape.

My new approach is still settling in, but I wanted to share what I’ve leaned so far in this week’s episode of the RDP podcast and the new direction the whole deal is going to be taking from here on out.

Q&A time stamps:

Should you workout on a rest day if you’re feeling fresh? 19:31

What are some of the most shoulder friendly exercises 21:10

My opinion on limited workouts like HIIT/ AMRAP? 22:07

What is the best way to train on very little sleep 24:10

Is it necessary to work calves and forearms? 25:46

How to get “sleepy” back muscles to engage during pull-ups 27:55

Can you build muscle with ring training alone? 30:06

My simple approach to diet 32:43

The one book and piece of equipment I would have if stranded on a deserted island 36:23

How to combine kettlebell work in a calisthenics program? 38:23

Is it necessary to do strength work from a standing position? 39:45

My tips on getting more done in a 24 hour day 41:15

Training after injury and rehab 43:38

Tips for bracing your core 44:37

What to do once you’ve mastered unilateral bodyweight exercises 46:03 

Is there carry-over between weight training and calisthenics? 47:25

Is it necessary to train the lateral chain 48:40