Less is More


Something has been bugging me lately and it’s this trend of having to do more, be more have more.

Don’t get me wrong I’m not saying I think being lazy is a worthy badge of honour to strive for but what about working smarter.

I’m interested in finding the minimum amount of work that I need to put in to achieve something. And I know that this may not sit well with everyone.

But here’s the thing the minimum amount of effort or work that I need to put into a project may be gargantuan compared to someone else’s version of working hard.

I’m looking for the sweet spot – the correct dose response if you’ll indulge me.

How does this relate to fitness? Well it seems that there’s a trend of pushing harder for longer. Again! Faster! it’s even a brand name now.

Each to their own but if I coach someone I want to find that minimum level of effort that’s going to produce results anything after that is just wasted time.

What could you be doing with this extra time? I’m betting that you’ll have a few ideas.

It’s like the tanning process (Sorry to exclude people who are naturally tanned on this one but I think you’ll agree it illustrates the point I’m trying to make).

So you head out into the sun for a certain period of time each day to improve your tan.

Enough time to get the effect you’re looking for.

Next day you repeat the process.

Now what happens if you decide one day to beef up the amount of time that you spend in the sun?

Damn right you burn yourself to a crisp.

Where does this get you? Apart from the discomfort of the burns you’ll not be able to make any further progress until this pain and damage subsides.

Does this ring any bells with you?

Don’t be afraid to embrace the notion that Less is More!

About the Author Stephen Devine

Steve not just a skilled Crossfit Coach, but a top-tier CrossFit Competitor who's ranked in the top 1% worldwide in the 2023 Crossfit Open! And this is despite spending six weeks on crutches following surgery to fix a broken ankle just a year ago. He's Qualified as a Crossfit L1 Coach, Crossfit Gymnastics, and is also a qualified Olympic Weightlifting Coach.

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