|About the Book|
Simple Structured Training: Basics will help the weekend athlete as well as the Olympic athlete to enhance their game through feedback and intelligent, well-rounded and effective training. The intent of this book is not to “tell” you how to train. ItMoreSimple Structured Training: Basics will help the weekend athlete as well as the Olympic athlete to enhance their game through feedback and intelligent, well-rounded and effective training. The intent of this book is not to “tell” you how to train. It is a means to make you think of how you train, why you train, and what you’re training for. This book is intended for the person who is already an athlete and would like to become a better one. But it is also for the weekend athlete and the novice- an 11 year old can benefit from this advice as well as a 77 year old. It is a general guidebook to put your mind back into the work.The basis of the understanding you need to be a better athlete is to simply “feel” what your body is telling you and respond to it with more or less intensity. It’s that simple. Is your heart beating too fast as you exercise? Slow down. Do your joints ache? Pay attention to form and back off on the weight. Is your bodyfat too high? Lower your intensity around food!There are no great secrets left to this training game. The major bodybuilding, shaping, fashion, fitness and longevity magazines have the same articles with the same exercises that they had 50 years ago. They call it something else, tie a concept around it, design new equipment and put a fresh-faced model next to it- but it’s still Jack and Jill doing basic movements. Research is contradictory and often vague, usually benefiting only the medical or food companies, and the consumer goes through all these magic solutions, weighing formulas and recipes and ends up, still, in the weight room where only honest work garners honest results.The first step with SST: Basics is to “think.” Be conscientious of what your body is going through on a daily basis. What repetitive stresses do you perform? How often do you bend, lift, reach, stand? How long do you sit? How far do you drive?Now, how much time are you willing to invest in getting in shape? What are your ultimate goals? What equipment and facilities do you have to work with? What are you willing to learn? The average amount of time you should allot is 90 minutes, three times a week. That is less than 5 hours per week. It’s a small tradeoff when meals alone consume up to or over 20 hours.Feedback is essential because it helps to gauge our progress within a given exercise. Does your back hurt? Check your posture and alignment on the bench, or the amount of weight being used. Are you feeling the movement more in the shoulders than the pectorals? Check your grip. Are you having more pains since beginning workouts? What are you doing wrong? Weight lifting programs are supposed to make you stronger, feel better, shape faster, and perform longer at higher intensities. If these things aren’t happening, then you must ask, “why”. That is feedback.Many people use trainers to motivate them through daily workouts, to move them from exercise to exercise, to count their repetitions and design programs- yet they often come out 3 or 6 months later without any greater knowledge because the trainer also did their thinking for them. SST: Basics gives you the knowledge, empowering you through accountability and a broad range of activities to choose from so you can design your own program of fitness based on your level of competition and involvement.Just like you’d choose a cookbook to learn how to create certain flavors, you use SST: Basics, to identify the aspects of your game or physique that are missing, the “ingredients” of your life. You try a little of this, a little of that, until the outcome suits your tastes and the results please the physicality.