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Old 02-15-2010, 08:07 PM   #1
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The "One Lift a Day" Program
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I call it the "One Lift a Day" program. Its roots are in the dim past of Olympic lifting, but it cuts past all the BS of modern training. It's so simple that it can easily be overlooked. It cuts gym time, but increases recovery time. It also may cause you to miss work.

First, letís discuss why anyone who tries this is going to hate it. I'd bring this up later, but there are some subtle and not so subtle issues regarding the One Lift a Day program. The biggest issue for most people trying this for the first time is hard to fathom: you donít get to spend a lot of time in the gymÖbecause you canít spend a lot of time in the gym.

The other issue is closely related: since you're only doing one exercise, you canít slip away from squats to the leg extension machine to convince yourself that you're working your legs. If you're only doing squats, you do squats. If you're only doing chins, you're going to chin for 45 minutes!

Doing "just chin-ups" might have sounded like a grand idea in the car on the way to the gym, but I guarantee that you'll be looking around after about five sets for the "relief" that changing exercises brings to the body and the mind. On the One Lift a Day program, you just arenít going to get that relief.

The biggest problem is that there are no excuses. If you choose to do squats, it's a squat day. There's no place to hide in this program. You canít convince yourself that you had a good day because you did 41 different lifts or a lot of volume or you did a lot of abs after blowing off the stuff you hate.

It's as simple as this: you pick one lift each day and do it for the entire workout. The first advantage, obviously, is the simplicity: you donít have to bring in a computerized printout of all the exercises, seat positions, alignments, tempos and order of lifts. You do one lift for an entire workout. It sounds easy, doesnít it? Yeah, it can be deceptive that way.
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Old 02-15-2010, 08:15 PM   #2
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Was it because of this picture on it?

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Old 02-15-2010, 08:16 PM   #3
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It was actually this that gave me a laugh: (the complexity sucks jab)

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I personally like it, and plan to try it sometime, im a huge Dan John fan
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I personally like it, and plan to try it sometime, im a huge Dan John fan
You'll have to get more than 5 minutes in a workout though. I'm just sayin'
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As long as we're working out longer then sex lasts, I think we're avoiding the softer side of Sears....
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I am thinking about trying this in principle. My workouts are close to this anyway.
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I read this article a long time ago and really enjoyed the idea of just going balls the eff out on one exercise per day.

Give it a go BtB, id be sure to follow along. I think Dan John has some of the better articles out there lately.
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