Friday, March 25, 2005
Less Is More
Well, I'm approaching the end of my first week of training workouts written out specifically for me by Charlie. When I first reviewed the program, I'll admit I was skeptical. It seemed so sparse, and I just couldn't believe that it would be possible to really gain the fitness and strength I needed with such a streamlined appearing schedule. However, after just a few days, I'm pleasantly surprised at the efficiency and success of this seemingly sparse program. I can already see and feel a difference in my strength, my endurance and my aerobic capacity. My weaknesses have been identified and the program is working on those in a regimented, definitively progressive and systematic manner. Even at this early stage, I can see a dramatic increase in core strength and power. But perhaps most impressive is that by reducing the quantity and increasing the quality of my training, I'm finding that I no longer seem to be busily scurrying about, without really accomplishing anything except wearing myself down needlessly. Suddenly there is time to do everything I need to do, I feel more relaxed and focused, and am able to concentrate on those things that will move me closer toward my goal. My entire mental outlook is much brighter since I can rest comfortably in the knowledge that quality is more valuable than quantity when it comes to training - the visible proof is in my own physical and psychological improvement - just as Charlie predicted when I first voiced resistance at such a seemingly limited workout program, reminding me that frequently less really is more.