The World’s Best Exercise Program

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New exercise concepts come and go. New gyms, new classes, and new equipment always make their introductions, some disappearing quickly, while others achieving loyal followings, even cult-like.

But the stuff that truly matters and will stay around is the stuff that’s been around since we learned how to hunt for our own food several hundred thousand years ago:

  • Walk
  • Run
  • Crouch
  • Sprint
  • Throw
  • Jump
  • Lift something 
  • Do it all better

Everything else is merely a barcode and marketing.

If you’re trying to get healthier and look better, keep it simple.

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5 Responses to The World’s Best Exercise Program

  1. Stephanie says:

    This is a great perspective. My mother worked with a personal trainer several years ago, and he made her do all kinds of sport specific, functional, and athletic training programs which looked as if they were designed for Olympic athletes, and all she got was tendonitis in the elbow and knee.

    Last year she and her girlfriends (and my aunt) started working out with this older guy at the local YMCA, and she lost over 20 pounds, looks incredibly gorgeous, and has never been healthier.

    What does this older gentleman have her do? Simple: Lift some stuff, run a little, do some bodyweight exercises, throw a medicine ball, and told her to eat more vegetables and less processed food.

    This was a very parallel message to yours!

  2. Goatherder says:

    Why do I get the feeling that your knowledge is far more complex than the wonderful simplicity you display on this blog!

    Whatever the case, I’m thankful to have discovered this blog in its early days. You are doing a great thing. My wife reads every post. And we both have your blog added to the home screen on our iPhones… LOL.

    Thanks for some of the most useful and friendliest info.

  3. Johnny says:

    Thanks for the kind words.

    In the past I’ve used various training programs, following very detailed training cycles established by years of strength and conditioning research. I’ve incorporated balance training discussed by Michael Clark (of NASM), functional training as preached by Paul Chek, strength training (powerlifting) methods used by Louie Simmons of West Side Barbell, specialized strength protocols discussed by Dr. Mel Siff, and metabolic conditioning and the 10 qualities of fitness as adopted by the Crossfit community.

    They’re all great, many of which are probably more proper for elite athletes — but even elite athletes are at their level because of their skill and despite any formal strength and conditioning program (and any strength-and-conditioning coach or personal trainer who claims that their training program “made” the elite athlete is probably delusional; in fact, if he/she believes that what the elite athlete did in the gym created the star on the field is smoking dope).

    Anyway, I work with mostly real people who want to just get healthy, live well, and look HOT, and this makes the rigidity and complexity of a “scientific training protocol” superfluous.

    I keep it simple… and fun. My clients love the variety of fundamental motor options and physical challenges, and are successful because a de-emphasis on an “athletic training program” and an increase focus on general exercise helps to minimize wear and tear, and enhances consistency, which is key. As far as fat loss, every single client of mine knows very clearly that exercise is not good at causing fat loss. This encourages them to eat better. That also is key.


  4. Toph says:

    I’m a CSCS, and pretty much the stuff you recommend above is exactly a complete strength and conditioning program for both athletes and the average person. The tools might be different for different people, but your exercise recommendation boasts the same concept… move the way the body is meant to move, lift some weight, and do it in a progressively more challenging manner. Or, in your own words, “do it better.”

    Good stuff. I like your material.

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