And more on MASTERY. . .
My workout routines stress on quality, not quantity, at least not in terms of the exercises being done as opposed to reps.
For instance, I can get a fantastic arm, grip, back and core workout in by doing just three exercises. Others might look at my routine and claim that a routine with a limited number of exercises doesn’t work, as they need “variety” in their workouts.
But remember that variety isn’t always the spice of life when it comes to exercise — routine, dedication, and discipline are. And to maintain a routine, you have to stick to, and master the basics thoroughly before you can move on to “variety” (and the basics remain important even then).
The immortal Bruce Lee doing a style of pushup that most PROFESSIONAL strongmen would be hard pressed to do EVEN ONE REP of — and he did them for more than a 100 at a time!
In fact, ONE exercise done correctly gives you benefits that outweigh the “gains” you might make from performing five exercises incorrectly.
I spoke about being a “Master” as opposed to a “Jack of all trades”, and it bears mentioning here again.
Let’s take the gymnastic bridge, for example. There’s literally no limit to what you can do if you MASTER this one exercise, and the picture beneath should show you what I mean.
(Note — I found this picture a while back on the Internet. If someone can point me to the source, I’d appreciate it as I can then include it here. I seem not to be able to find the actual source right now though…)
Mastering an exercise means you’ve “conquered” the exercise in its entirety. It means that you can do a number of repetitions in the movement (with proper form) that few others could dream of. It means that you can perform the movement in super slow form, and hold for time at any position during the movement. It means that you can truly “feel” each individual muscle working during the movement.
In a nutshell, it means that you can do “crazy” things as seem above.
And when you do “crazy” things, you develop crazy levels of strength and fitness that the average “sane” individual doesn’t have.
It is extremely hard to truly master an exercise, and very few ever attain true mastery at any exercise. This should by no means serve as discouragement, rather, it should motivate you to do that much better on any exercise you are trying to master, and discover new ways of making it tougher (and then getting better at that movement).
So stick to the basics, and work upon mastering the exercises you do — and you will reap rich rewards.
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