A Little Bit Everyday

For many years, I was trapped in the lie that every workout had to leave me on the floor in a pool of sweat. I believed that I wasn’t making progress if I PR every time I stepped in the gym. I thought that every workout had to be at least 45 minutes and I had to include at least 8 different lifts per body body.

Then, I “met” Dan John. To be specific, I stumbled upon his book with Pavel, Easy Strength.
The concept is simple, for 40 days, hit ~10 reps for each major “movement” (push, pull, squat, hinge, loaded carry) every single day. To determine the weight, just assess how you feel that day. Don’t miss any reps.

I’ll admit, at first I was…skeptical, to put it nicely.
But, as my family grew, we bought a house, life happened, etc, my time in the gym shrank. I needed a program to that would get me in and out and still help me get stronger.

So I gave Easy Strength a try.

Please, I’m begging you, try it.

ALL of my lifts increased.
A confession. I’ve always struggled with chin ups. 1 set of 10 was not even a option.
I did Easy Strength. 10 total reps a day. Sometimes I did two sets of 5. Sometimes I did 3 sets of 3 and a single.
Other days, I did 5 sets of 2.
After a week or so, I added 5lbs to my chin ups, and kept the reps the same, always. Only 10 reps a day. No more, no less.
Week after week, I kept at it.

At the end of 40 days, I was breezing through 2 sets of 5. With a 45lb plate.

I often go back to this style of training when life gets busy.
For example, last weekend I built 4 garden boxes for my wife.
This weekend the dirt was delivered. That means I had to shovel and wheelbarrow and entire mountain of dirt from my driveway to the garden boxes in the backyard.
My entire back was definitely fatigued, so I took the “Easy Strength” route.
All I did was take a medium-weight kettlebell and did kneeling overhead presses for 2 sets of 5 on each arm and goblet squats for 2 sets of five.

I know, it’s not a lot volume, but trust me, if I continue to hit just 10 reps a day, it will go a long way in terms of strength.
This style on training will help you focus on what’s important. Your life should not revolve around training. Your responsibilities as a husband and father are vastly more important than how much you can lift.
But, your health needs to be one of the priorities in your life so you can take care of your family better.

Make sure you are focused on living your life. Your workouts should support that. Not the other way around.

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