“Before enlightenment, chop wood, carry water. After enlightenment, chop wood, carry water.”

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Just a public service reminder :

consistency >  programming sophistication.  Or novelty.

This is always the case.  And not just with strength and conditioning, but just about everything in life.

We always come back to Occam’s Razor.  80/20.  Just eat real food (hat tip Sean Croxton).

I’ve been in this game 40+ years, and one of the first exercises I ever mastered was the basic dip.  And I’m still doing them today.

Yes, the loads are heavier.  But not as heavy as I did in my prime.  And sometimes (as in the picture above) I jazz things up with bands.

There is progress, and there is improvement.  But more often than not, what’s disguised as “progressive” is actually a step back. What might seem an “advanced technique” might satisfy an itchy mind, but little else; these advanced techniques and modalities are no more than noise.

The smart trainee knows the difference between better, and novelty for novelty sake.

Heal thyself, harden thyself, change the world –



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