Training Every Day—Yes or No?

Training Every Day—Yes or No?

Today I’m going to answer both a frequently asked question as well as one that is less frequently asked (but a great question nonetheless).

Many people write to ask me whether or not they can or should practice the exercises in the Transformetrics Training System on a daily basis. My answer today is exactly the same as it was six years ago, when the first edition of Pushing Yourself to Power came out.

Answer: Yes, absolutely. In fact, by limiting yourself to training every other day or only two or three times each week you’d be cheating yourself of all the potential benefits to your health, strength, and lifelong fitness that you could achieve if you trained daily.

But, John, in weight training they say you need to…

Yes, I understand what they say in weight training. And if you’re putting your lower spine and knees at risk by squatting heavy weights (a very dumb thing to do from the perspective of lifelong strength and fitness) or overstressing your rotator cuffs due to bench pressing heavy weights (another very stupid thing to do), you better believe you’d be better off to limit yourself to twice a week…or even once a year.

But we’re not talking about weight training. We’re talking about Transformetrics, and just like swimming or gymnastics, it can be done daily, because unlike lifting heavy weights in unnatural patterns of movement, with my exercises you are moving and maximizing your body’s natural strength and fitness through natural planes of movement. These exercises are natural and utilize your own body weight for resistance along with self-adjusted muscle tension. As such, your body weight is distributed among multiple muscle groups during any given exertion. When followed exactly as taught, these exercises never overtax your joints, tendons, and ligaments or compress your lower spine. Within a relatively short span of time, you become an expert at moving your own body through multiple planes of movement, and you develop the ability to contract and relax any given muscle group at will. In short order, many of my students have sculpted the bodies they have always dreamed of having faster than they ever dreamed possible. And virtually all of them train every day.

You can choose to do it two or three times a week if you’d like, or you can do it every day. I believe you get optimum results when you train every day. Some days you train at a much higher level of intensity and push yourself to the limit. Other days you go light, but you do some exercises every day. One day it may be the Seven Tiger Moves at moderate intensity and a three-mile run. The next day it might be a full body Isometric Workout with the Isometric Power Belt. And the day after that it might be 300 to 500 Atlas push-ups, sit-ups, and squats. Point is, by mixing it up each and every day you develop real world strength and fitness from multiple angles and all directions while mastering your own body’s resistance.

Now, with that in mind, let’s look at an email from a man who lives in Nova Scotia.

Hello John,
My name is Edward, and I have a couple of questions for you. First, I purchased your books Pushing Yourself to Power and Isometric Power Revolution, and I love them both. My question is when I “Grease the Groove” with Atlas push-ups throughout the day, can I also “Grease the Groove” with other exercises on the same day? For instance, could I also do a set of Tiger bend squats, and The Milo when I do my sets of Atlas push-ups throughout the day? I am currently up to 15 Atlas push-ups and 30 Tiger bend squats per set and sets of 10 Milos for each arm. Do you think this will be too much and slow down my progress if I utilize all three exercises throughout the day?
Halifax, Nova Scotia

JP: Hello Edward. First off, congratulations are in order. You certainly are one ambitious man. Here’s the deal: When first starting out with the “Grease the Groove” training technique, you need to be sure that you are not overtaxing your central nervous system (CNS). Why? Because if you do, you will no longer make progress. So document your sets and be sure that your sets are such that you always feel that you could have done a few more reps with no problem. As far as the number of exercises you can simultaneously use while you “Grease the Groove,” you are wise to limit it to three. In my new soon-to-be-released book, Power Sculpt—A Man’s Guide to Ultimate Push-Ups for the Awesome Physique, I have an in-depth “Grease the Groove” program outlined.

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