We go on multiplying our conveniences only to multiply our cares. We increase our possessions only to the enlargement of our anxieties – Anna C Brackett
Minimalism eliminates a lot of the noise from our lives. Not having to worry about as many things calms you. The important factor that makes minimalism so powerful is concentrating only on the most important items that are necessary to live a good quality life.
Making sure that the items you use are good quality is important to ensure happiness.
“Being selective—doing less—is the path of the productive. Focus on the important few and ignore the rest.” – Timothy Ferris, Author of The Four Hour Workweek.
Exercise is no different. Reducing the amount of movements you do in your exercise routine will enhance your results in and out of the gym.
For the last two to three years I have always done 3-4 gym sessions a week. I have got decent results but in the last two months I have reduced my sessions to 1-2 days a week.
I am doing a yoga internship so most of my training is yoga. I still wanted to do some sort of strength work so I had to condense the amount of exercises I do during my sessions. I have eliminated everything except the important movements.
The great thing is that I have seen no drop offs in strength and I have seen increased energy and workout motivation since adopting this type of training.
Ways To Become A Minimalist With Exercise
Use less exercises – Only focus on the most important movements and forget everything else. For strength training the following will cover you.
- Bench Press
- Pull up
- Core work
Use less Equipment – Your bodyweight is the best tool as you always have it with you. If you have access to a gym then stick to barbells, kettlebells and dumbbells.
Use less time – Keep your sessions short and intense. The whole point is to make your life less complicated. When you only focus on the important moves you will move through your exercise session much quicker. This leaves you with more time for the more important things in your life.
4 Tips To Ensure Success With Minimal Training
Start easy – If you haven’t exercised in a while give your body time to adapt. Focus on learning the correct technique at the beginning and the following habits.
Be realistic – We always overestimate our limits. How many times have you gone all out on January 1st only to realise you’ve stretched yourself too thin and quit before the end of the month?
Be consistent – Starting easy and being realistic will allow you to start a sustainable workout program. When the workouts are short and not too challenging it makes it much more difficult to skip. This is important in the early stages when trying to form a new habit of regular exercise.
Progression – This is where the benefits of exercise come from. Instead of pushing yourself too hard on week one and spending the next week recovering. Following the above tips will allow you to increase the difficulty of each session from week to week. This can be through more reps, more weight or more time working out.
Minimalist exercise is great if you want to spend less time working out, get good results and have more time for the important things in your life. Using the following points will ensure success on your exercise adventure.
- Pick the correct movements
- Start easy
- Be consistent
- Progress each session
Finally this quote from world renowned strength coach Dan John sums up minimalist training nicely, “I think many of us think this way: If it’s free or simple or easy to understand, it can’t be as good as something that’s expensive, complicated and difficult to figure out on your own”.
Conor O’ Shea is a personal trainer, nutrition coach and teacher from Ireland. He believes fitness and nutrition should complement our lifestyles not dominate it. To learn more about his philosophy you can check out his blog www.feelgoodhacks.com