Taking Baby Steps is the Name of the Game

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David Goggins, one of the most influential bodybuilders in the entire world, had some incredible words of wisdom when he was interviewed on The Joe Rogan Experience podcast. To paraphrase what he said, Goggins believes that it’s a lot more effective to do smaller workouts multiple times than larger workouts once in a blue moon. This may make sense in theory, but here’s why it’s so important that you internalize this idea.

Your Fitness Process Depends on It

If you do an extreme set of reps that your body isn’t ready for, you’ll simply burn yourself out down the line. In that sense, it’s the worse thing you could possibly do for yourself. If you truly care about making an impact on your body down the line, you must take it slow. Your body needs time to get used to this new way of life you’re undertaking—and frankly, so does your mind.

Pay close attention to that last sentence. As the whole adage goes, when there’s a will, there’s a way—and you’d be surprised what you’d be able to accomplish when you take baby steps in the gym. Sure, it’s important to push ourselves, but within reason. You need to make sure you’re enjoying it as well and sometimes the best way to do that is to do workouts that are within your wheelhouse of abilities.