• Tom Freedman

Why There is No One Answer for Getting In-Shape

This world has its fair share of people in incredible shape and a whole lot more who are not. But the confusing part is the inconsistencies for methods that successfully work. There are fit people that use all cardio, all weights, only bodyweight, no cardio or weights, high rep, low rep, heavy, light, fast, slow, high volume, low volume, and every possible combination imaginable. We look at boxers, yoga instructors, runners, soccer players, Crossfit athletes, and a long list of representatives of sport and active pursuits - all in-shape. So what should you do?

Well there is no denying that there are millions of ways to accomplish fitness goals and I urge you to pick a method that is safe, effective, and makes sense to you, your goals, and your lifestyle. However, there is one commonality between all of the strategies that produce real results - progressive adaption.

No matter how you choose to get fit, you have to do it in a way that forces progressive adaptation by marginally altering the stimuli over time. In other words, you have make it slightly harder each time - do another rep, add more weight, do another set, go faster, stretch farther, hold longer, or whatever else you can do that initiates the response for your body to positively change.

There are better, more effective ways to accomplish your goals, but if you simply abide by the adaptation principle you will get results.

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by Tom Freedman, founder & managing principal

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