LISTEN: Table Talk Podcast Clip — Training Economy for the Washed-Up Meathead

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“Just do what you have to do.”

Dave Tate wrote an article on his 6 Training Rules for the Washed-Up Meathead but was asked to elaborate. If you are truly the older washed-up meathead, you probably have a pretty good idea of what you need to do to progress and what you could probably cut out. If you have what you do written out, take a glance at your previous sessions. How much did you actually need to do?

Dave thinks that you could have cut out probably one third to half of your program and still make progress. Why do you still have it in there? Get rid of whatever doesn’t move you forward. Be willing to keep in some fun things, but understand that if you’re doing something just because it’s fun, it’s likely cutting into your recovery.

It is not daily increase but daily decrease, hack away the unessential. 

-Bruce Lee


Do the least amount possible to yield the greatest result. You can also increase your training density by not resting for 10 minutes each set. The same amount of work will require more effort and likely yield better results with less wear and tear.

Text By Mason Nowak

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