I know, I know…such a clickbait title. I just couldn’t resist because it goes nicely with today’s clickbait topic.
Everyone wants to know the absolute best training program available. Everyone. It comes up all the time. But you know what? I can’t even blame them – it’s a smart thing to wonder. Find the best training program, make the best results, become a superhero.
It’s a good formula, in theory. Unfortunately, real world application isn’t so simple. People tend to ask program-specific questions like:
Compound exercises, isolation exercises, or both?
Low high, moderate reps, or high reps?
Linear periodization or undulating periodization?
These are great questions to ask. This stuff forms the structure of an awesome training program. But let me make an argument for not worrying about any of this.
You can build a theoretically sound program based on research – both science-based and anecdotal – put it into action, and still fall flat on your face. In fact, people do this all the time, especially those who are still in the beginner or intermediate stage of training.
They fail because they don’t think behaviorally. They don’t consider the “X” factor that plagues all of us. Is the program enjoyable? Can I see myself doing it consistently? Am I going to give in to my program-hopping desires?
If you answer yes to any of these questions, you’re screwed before you even start. And, finally, that brings us to what the best training program really is. It’s simple, and maybe a little boring, but you’ll have to come to terms with that…
The best program is the one you can stick to.
Next time you decide to search for or create the ultimate training program, carefully consider this statement. It might not be something you agree with right now – that’s okay. It takes time. One day, however, when you’re working through a program you despise, it’s all gonna click.
If you don’t like what you’re doing – or maybe it’s just too tough or too complicated – then you need to rethink your approach. Step back, find a program you can commit to, then start adding the components that you think you’re missing.