I was speaking with Matt Reynolds at a conference and one point of discussion encapsulated my entire philosophy of training. Matt Reynolds states that “training and everything in life should be simple, hard, and effective.”
Effective strength training is simple and hard. To take it one step further, effective strength training is also heavy in relation to one’s ability. Simple because complex is unnecessary distraction. Hard because easy does not work. Heavy because light weights do not create strength.
As Matt discusses, most people want simple and easy. Simple and easy does not work. Those who are looking for success often choose complicated and easy searching for “secrets” to success in the absence of effort. Without effort there is no success. The ambitious choose complicated and hard. Complicated and hard may very well work but it is definitely not the efficient path.
If you want to be successful with strength training perform the basics as if they were complex. Seek to master the fundamentals. Work hard, be consistent, and continually drive forward. If you want to be strong lift heavy. Leave the Barbie-bells to the simple and easy folks and commit to lifting heavy in relation to your ability.
Transform your training to be simple, hard, and heavy and achieve results beyond expectation.