Information Overload: Don’t Stray From the Basics

Yo Primal Nation!

It has been about a month and a half since my last blog post. Let me apologize for dropping off the radar for a bit. Sometimes life proves tough to fit everything in that you need to accomplish during the course of a day.

My wife, a few months back, switched her schedule to working four nights a week, which means I’m on my own with my two year old daughter. My days have turned into a rat race, with me working my day job, then running the Primal Strength Gym in the evening, training people and myself, and then leaving from there to do daddy duty for the rest of the night.

Makes for some long ass days, but who said life was easy?

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Big things going on at Primal these days. Lot’s of new people joining up to train Primal style, and we have four people competing over the next month in Strongman, including myself. Football season is starting back up for some up my teenage athletes. And I’ve got other people putting up serious numbers and building the foundation for their future competitive careers.

Anyway, aside from the normal hustle and bustle of life and business, my writing has suffered lately because frankly, I haven’t had anything to inspire me to write.

Now don’t get me wrong, I love you guys and giving you the knowledge to improve your life and lifting is not something I take lightly. But that’s precisely the point, I don’t write BS articles to fill my page and waste your time.

When I write, I write with a purpose. There is meaning behind it because I know what I’m saying is important. I’d much rather take the “less is more approach” than waste your time. Frankly, there are only so many ways I can tell you that to get bigger and stronger, you have to work your ass off and pick up heavy things.

I’m really selling you on this blog, especially any newcomers who are seeing my writing for the first time, aren’t I? Well, sorry, I’m just being honest.

So what is the purpose of me writing this article?

Just like me taking the “less is more” approach to my writing, sometimes you need to take the “less is more” approach to your lifting education.

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One of the main problems I see with lifters, especially people new to the game, is information overload. There are so many different ways to train and eat, and a lot of them are contradictory or complicated. And let me be the first to tell you, it doesn’t need to be that way.

Always revert to fundamentals.

Pick up and press heavy things overhead. Progressive overload. Eat a lot of food.

That’s it. Stop reading everything else. Even if that means you don’t read any of my other articles while you are here on my site, so be it. Maybe you’ll even be better from it.

“But what about bands and chains? What about the conjugate method? What about contrast training?”

Don’t worry about all of that stuff and liberate yourself from all of that noise.

Maybe once you make some major strides in the commonly accepted lifting standards, you can worry about fancy programming and advanced implements. But it is in my experience that there is far too much knowledge out there, and that it really does more harm as a distraction than good as a performance booster.

Knowledge is power…until it’s a hindrance…

— Tank

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