This is the latest installment of the FightMedicine Laws of MMA Training by UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship) and Mixed Martial Arts veteran, Matt “The Law” Lindland. See previous Laws here. In this installment, Matt stressed the importance of keeping training routines simple to avoid fads and potential injury. Remember, the keys to MMA safety are education and preparation!
Keep it simple stupid!
There are far too many things in life that are complicated. Relationships, Politics, Religion, Sudoku and even fitness. Exercise should be fun; challenging yet rewarding. No matter what level
of fitness you are trying to reach or maintain, you should be looking forward to your next workout. It needs to be fun and easy to understand. Marketing campaigns have made fitness riddled with buzz words and filled with complex concepts that create the illusion that this new fitness program you are about to try is the latest and greatest thing to hit the market.
The truth is that it’s a lot of the same stuff that you have already seen and done just packaged in a different way with some new terminology. Bottom line: You should be able to fully understand what your program is and does for you. This should be so easy to understand that you could explain it to a toddler. In one sentence explain what the program does and why it’s effective for you. If you struggle to understand what and why you are doing the training you are doing, then you need to have someone explain it to you.
As you have probably seen on those late night informercials, there are always new and effective ways to get in shape. The common denominator between all of these “new” fitness programs and what experts in the fitness industry have been doing for years is that they all require commitment and hard work in order for them to be effective and give you results. I have heard several people tell me about this “great new fitness program” that is changing the fitness industry, P90X.
The P90X program requires you to work out for 90 minutes, everyday. If you run for 90 minutes, go to Zumba classes that are 90 minutes long or swim for 90 minutes everyday you will see results just as fast, if not more than the P90X program. 90 minutes of any physical activity will get you in shape fast. Don’t be fooled in to believing that a fancy new DVD series with drill sergeant for an instructor is anything more than 90 minutes of calisthenics. It’s just commitment and hard work. Understand that I am not putting down the P90X programming, it’s a solid routine of body weight
exercises, but that’s all it is. You are the machine, the secret ingredient, the magic pill that makes all of these workout programs work.
When it comes to health and fitness, just stick to the basics. Try not to get wrapped up in trying all the “secret” training and dieting tips. There is no secret diet or secret training system that magically makes you loose weight and look like a hollywood celebrity on the red carpet overnight. There are basic fitness principles that you can use as a simple guideline to use when making a decision for choosing your next fitness program.
Two simple concepts will help keep you healthy and fit:
1. Healthy Eating Habits
2. Regular Exercise
Three basic principles for fitness.
Does the new program that your about to try involve or incorporate any one or all three of
the principles above? If not, ask questions, have the instructors explain to you why the three basic fitness principles are not focal points for their program and ask yourself if this program lines up with what your goals are? At the end of the day, are you going to enjoy it or dread it? Your fitness program should be fun and exciting, if it doesn’t challenge you or keep you motivated it’s merely going to set you up to fail. Set yourself up for success by setting a goal and a plan to reach that goal, without a plan of action your goals are just wishes.