Usually being lazy and being a personal trainer don’t go together but it’s really a smart combination. While I enjoy working out, I don’t spend my entire day doing curls and crunches. I also move as little and as slowly as possible between sets. To the untrained eye, it looks like sloth. To those in the know, its how you get the most out of every workout.
Lift Lazy does not mean you walk into a gym without a course of action, move a couple dumbells back and forth, drink some water and go home. Lift Lazy means you go in with laser beam focus on what needs to be done and nothing else. Total effort is used when performing the exercise to make sure you get the most out of it. Then, you go home. It’s that simple.
People get sick of going to the gym because they don’t get results. Or they don’t know what to do. Or they overtrain and get so sore they’re unable to put on a jacket for 6 days. Or they injure themselves and say “screw this, I never got hurt on my couch” and quit. I can’t say I blame them. Many fitness programs in the marketplace today are very high-paced, high-intensity styled workouts. That’s great for people who don’t have kids, bosses who make them stay late at the office on gym day, or nagging injuries from a lifetime of just being on this planet. But for people who aren’t into the gym for its own sake, these workouts never stay in their lives for too long.
Seeing a huge vacuum for the low-paced end of the spectrum, I’ve begun to apply the Lift Lazy philosophy to my clients. Reps are kept to a minimum (usually 8 or less) and total workout time is usually around 30 minutes. Lo and behold, they feel and see differences faster than when we did higher-paced workouts. Many have also reported that they have less discomfort in the days following the workouts. And perhaps most important to them, the duration is manageable which makes them far less reluctant to show up 2 or 3 times a week (not counting cardio that they do on their own).
For advanced lifters and athletes, the Lift Lazy mindset also works quite well. If you are training for a sport or a specific event, all your energy and effort should be focused on making you better at that event and nothing else. Doing single leg squats on a medicine ball while juggling 3 kettlebells will not help your performance during a half-marathon (unless of course the earth shrinks to the size of a medicine ball and the race course happens to pass through some weird powerlifter circus…then you’re all set). Learning how to conserve energy is critical for every sporting event, even those that are of short duration.
Your workout doesn’t have to be for the express purpose of health benefits. It should also be something you enjoy at least a little bit. While nobody can or should promise that you’ll love every second of your workout, when you feel and see results such as lower blood pressure, reduced back pain and increased strength, the gym will seem like a far less evil place to be.
I invite you all to start lifting lazy. Focus yourself and you will spend less time at the gym and more time doing things you want to do with the body you want to have.