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Chaos, Challenge and Failure

Don’t wander through the fitness forest alone anymore.  I got into the fitness industry because what I like to do is help people to help themselves. It’s my job and I love it. I also love my blog audience. You’re my…peeps.  Chaos, Challenge and Failure.

Chaos, Challenge and Failure

I will let you in on a secret, this comes up once in a while.

If you ever wondered “Am I working out too hard/much”?  Or “Are my workouts to easy”?

In our culture there is a tendency to get stuck in the mindset that more is always better.  It’s easy to buy into the popular portrayals of super athletes who appear to work out constantly, pushing themselves to the limit day after day without exception.

However, if you have any real understanding of exercise physiology, you know that it simply doesn’t work that way.

Here’s a good rule of thumb.

You remember the story… Goldilocks and the Three Bears?  Too hot, too cold, just right.  Too high, too low, just right.  Too hard, too soft, just right.  Of course you do…bear with me, I’m going somewhere with this.


Okay.  Same goes for your body.  Your body needs just the right combo of chaos to reap the benefits of exercise.

  • too little and your body doesn’t need to adapt at all
  • too much and you could get sick or injured
  • just the right amount, and your body is forced to adapt and actually recovers stronger than before.   Bingo!  Ding, Ding, Ding!!

By introducing The Three Bears: Chaos, Challenge, and Failure into our workouts in a careful way, our bodies adapt and become better prepared to handle future.

Technical Jargon:

The key to attaining fitness and/or performance goals is twofold

1) Follow an individualized, specific, and periodized training program

2) Promote maximal recovery through rest and proper nutrition 

Translation:  Variety is the spice of life.  Mix up your weekly training schedule so that you are doing different types of workouts – some easy, others really tough, and some in the middle of the road.  That way on the hard days, you’ll really give 100% because you’ve had time to recover from the previous hard workout. Makes sense right?

So there you have it.  Hope it helps!

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***Disclaimer: Always check with your doctor first before starting new fitness routines to ensure that they’re right for you.***All opinions expressed are 100% my own.