4 Sayings I HATE

More is better.

Harder, longer, faster.

No pain, no gain.

I'll sleep when I'm dead.

All of those maxims above are stuffed down our throats on a daily basis and it really sucks because it can set us up for massive failure.

More is better.

Here's what I hate about this one. Doing more is not always better. In fact, doing too much tends to cause other issues.

For instance, let's say you're exercising 4 days per week at the gym but you have a high-stress job, a family to provide for, and other obligations.

Trying to do more than 4 workouts per week can set you up for all kinds of problems that will compound into the negatives.

More training could increase your stress levels causing you to:

  • get less sleep

  • see your family less

  • be unable to recover from workouts

  • start to hate working out

So the 'more is better' mantra is an example where doing more will absolutely wreck your life.

That is unless you're doing nothing as-is. There’s a perfect balance in between ‘too much’ and ‘not enough’. You inherently know what that feels like.

Harder, longer, faster.

Did you know that the longer your workouts last, the more stress hormones are released?

Stress hormones like cortisol, and adrenaline can break down your muscle tissue if chronically elevated. I see it all the time - people tell me they're not getting much out of their workouts, so they go from training for 30 minutes to 90 minutes or longer.

Then they add more days of excessive exercising.

  • They struggle to lose fat.

  • They can't sleep.

  • They can't get through a day without drinking 8 cups of coffee.

The stress compounds usually until they get injured, or just throw their hands up and down a box of donuts.

No pain, no gain.

"NO PAIN NO GAIN! Gimme another 10 reps! Make those muscles bleeeeeed"

- Actual quote I overheard when I used to train at a bodybuilding gym

Sure, exercise should be challenging. Getting your muscles to grow comes from intense training sessions.

But pain?

  • As in feeling sharp pains in your joints as you run on the road?

  • Pain in your shoulder as you push yourself through a heavy bench press that is 10kg too much for you?

  • Hearing your knees click and feeling the pain in your hips as you force yourself into a too-deep squat?

All that is just stupid.

Nothing to gain from that kind of pain, other than injuries and chronic mobility issues.

I'll sleep when I'm dead.

This one is my favourite to hate.

Without adequate sleep, everything goes to hell.

Losing out on sleep can negatively impact your ability to lose fat.

  • It can wreck your insulin sensitivity (making it easier to gain fat).

  • It will often make it easier to overeat (which just makes us fatter).

  • It will impact your training, making you weaker and unable to train intensely.

If you're not prioritising a solid 7-8 hours of sleep per night, you're missing out on one of the easiest ways to improve your quality of life.

Look -- sometimes you have to cut back on what you're doing to make progress. Think smarter, long-term, overall progressive progress.

You’re gonna be here for a long time yet.

Don’t make it harder than it is.

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