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Default Rule #1 - If it works, don't change
by BendtheBar 11-22-2013, 10:15 AM

There are times when your training
is going great. When that happens,
keep on doing what you're doing.

Let me repeat that.

If your training is going great -
if you're adding weight to the bar
in the big exercises on a regular
basis, and if you feel strong, fresh
and rested most or all of the time -
if you're eating well and sleeping
well - and if you approach every
workout with the kind of joyous
anticipation that small children
reserve for Christmas morning -
then keep on doing what you're
doing.

In other words, "If it's not broke,
don't try to fix it."

I'm always amazed when I get an
email that reads: "Hi Brooks -
I'm doing [describes current training
program] and it's working really well.
I'm making great progress and I'm
stronger than ever. But I was thinking
about trying [describes something new
and different]. Would that be OK?
What do you think?"

Now, don't laugh. And don't think I'm
making this up. I get emails like this
all the time. Heck, I got one the other
day. That's what prompted me to write
this email - because it's a very common
problem - and a very common mistake.

Yes, I used the M-word. I said it was a
mistake. A very common mistake - but a
mistake nonetheless.

So here's my answer to the "Things Are
Going Great But I Want to Change My
Program" email.

1. Don't do it.

2. Keep on doing what you're doing.

3. Stick to it as long as you continue
to make gains.

4. When your gains begin to slow down,
THEN you can make some changes. But not
before.

5. Always remember - short, hard, and
heavy works best for everyone. But the
precise details vary from person to
person based on a wide variety of
factors. That's means that what works
beast for ME may not work best for YOU -
and what works best for YOU may not
work best for someone else. The key
to strength training success is to
stay within the tried and true
framework of hard, heavy and basic -
but find the precise approach that
works best for YOU.

6. Finding the right workout for YOU
is a little like looking for a gold
mine. Even with a map (such as Dinosaur
Training or one of my other books or
courses), it takes time to find it.
And when you do, it's incredibly
valuable.

7. Final point - you always need to
stick to a workout long enough to
get full benefit from it. If you
have a good program that would
give you good gains for a long
time but you jump ship too soon,
you've missed out on a lot of
progress.

In short - if it's working, keep
on doing it!

As always, thanks for reading and
have a great day. If you train today,
make it a good one!

Yours in strength,

Brooks Kubik

P.S. Strength, Muscle and Power has
plenty of great workouts and plenty
of great training ideas:

http://www.brookskubik.com/strength_muscle_power.html
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Old 11-22-2013, 10:35 AM   #2
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Outstanding article. So true - those who are quick to change a program before giving it a fair shot aren't going to last long in the lifting world.
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Good article

there is an awesome typo in there " that works beast for me ....." Had to point that out because it was just too cool

it works beast for me see - I told you don't change it lol

Quote:
"That's means that what works
beast for ME may not work best for YOU -
and what works best for YOU may not
work best for someone else. The key"
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I always love chasing new programs. They keep things interesting and stop me from getting bored. The only thing that is better is seeing my maxes rise. If variety takes priority then do crossfit
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Some at my gym are always telling me I should change things up--"J, you're always doing the same stuff, you need to change your workout up every few months to keep growing."

Sure, this has been working for 2 years, so I'd better do something else, huh? LOL. It makes no sense.
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I agree with this 100%...now....where is my copy of "Workout of the month" magazine??
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