Leave the hacks to the Hackers

A look at how modern society continuously looks for the quick fix

Exploring the need for all things speed in the modern lifestyle.

I’m sure this reference to body adaptation has been thrown around before many times in the past and it’s just that this recent incarnation just happens to have a hashtag attached. But is this the sum total of what we’ve become?

  • #iifym
  • #lifehack
  • #lifehacker
  • #nutritionhack
  • #fitnesshack
  • #diethack
  • #fithack
  • #bodyhack

and then it begins, the obsession and preoccupation to find the best #lifehack …

Have we become so obsessed with the speed in which we chase outcomes that we’ve lost our ability to learn from the experience? The struggle, the highs, the lows, the grit and determination that it took to get us to that end point. Nothing wrong with setting goals and gaining results but isn’t a hashtag or a hack just a good idea implemented well? Now let’s all get on that train but can we just calm down a bit and enjoy the journey that gets us there.

SLOW IT ALL DOWN…

I think one of the most common phrases my clients hear say in training sessions is “slow it down, enjoy the lift”. Clients think I’m some kind of sad fitness hippy or freak but they couldn’t be further from the truth. I’m a qualified personal trainer who has been described and I quote as a “bit of a mobility Nazi” or a sadist when it comes to technique, but in my defense I actually believe in what I say. “Enjoy-the-lift, slow-down-and-get-the-feel-for-it”. All my clients get the results they work for, period. I just like to promote the healthy enjoyment of the movement even throughout some really physically demanding sessions.

“Never compromise the quality of the movement for the quantity”. K. Richardson

Readers of the Storm Bodyfitness blog posts will recognize my own interest with “minimalist strength training” and getting more bang for your buck like for example the Desert Island article or the Magic Pill Article but I don’t want people to confuse this with the whole #IIFYM or #bodyhacks material that have become so popular at the moment in the fitness industry. I don’t suggest that we’ve got the latest and greatest new program designed to build you “rock hard abs in 2 weeks” or the nutrition plan that will strip you down to 10% body fat in “JUST” 2 weeks.

All of my training advice focuses on FOUR main principles.

  • 1) Move well
  • 2) Pick the best tools for the most effective response.
  • 3) Get sharp with the basics… Always look to improve your technique
  • 4) Repeat till STRONG

It’s hardly rocket science. Don’t eat like a child, train hard and give yourself adequate recovery time and all will come good.

Let’s assume for a moment that there is a method of #hacking your body by navigating around the careful planning, hard work, patience, dedication and passion to achieve true health and satisfaction in life?

Would I take that path?

Should you?

With resounding conviction, I say no. If any of you think otherwise and say YES, then go ahead and hack away.

Then ask yourself: how did that experience make me feel?

What is the whole point and purpose of the above thought experiment? Failure or the thought of failure is what gives the journey depth and meaning, emotional, physical, financial and spiritual stakes that make you who you are today irrespective of outcome.

Personal growth is everything. But only from the result from honest toil and experience. Fear and commitment aren’t things to shy away from, but understood and conquered.

HOW DOES THIS APPLY TO PERSONAL TRAINING

Yes, we want to choose the 20% of exercises that will give your body the 80% of the results. Nothing changes there but you still have to give 100% effort in those sessions and you need to actually want that physical output.

It’s the experience of lifting heavy weights, honing new movements, correct positioning, energy transfer, power transitions in to maximum power output that you should be seeking, mastery of the basics is what it’s all about, not doing the least amount of work to get you results.

Don’t misunderstand. I like goals and I like achieving results with my clients. They keep me focused and act as powerful drivers that add structure to my working day. But those of you on the receiving end in my sessions, just let it go while you’re here. At that point in time, when you’re being physically tested to your limits, it’s all irrelevant.

CONCLUSION

Slow down, dig deep and enjoy the lift, it doesn’t have to be all crazy fast reps for time. One of the most important parts of training is the journey it takes us on with both its ups and downs, this is the character building aspect of training this is what develops your mindset and has a positive impact on your LIFE…

So lets not hack so much away from this journey that  we are left with nothing but another quick fix that’s not sustainable and doesn’t work long term. 

you will not hold onto water long running with open hands, you need to grip tight and move slowly 

So lets leave the hacks to the Hackers

Keith Richardson

Keith Richardson

Founder, Storm Body Fitness

YOUR TURN

Thanks for reading and as always if you have any questions or if you’d like to post your own list or even if you disagree with the above by all means, I’d love to hear your comments or thoughts.

-Keith, Storm body Fitness

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