80% of your success’s are a direct result of 20% of your efforts. 80% of your intelligence is a result of 20% of the lessons you’ve learned. 80% of the STD’s you contracted are a result of 20% of the dirty skanks you’ve picked up at closing time.
Any of that sound familiar? Hopefully the last one isn’t actually true, but you get the idea. Pareto’s Principle has been attributed to many peoples success and many more people see that as the key to getting the most results from whatever you happen to be doing.
Sometimes it’s called the 80/20 rule. Sometimes the 60/40 rule. And sometimes even the 95/5 rule. No matter what you call it, it all comes down to this…the are a certain few actions that you take on a daily basis that will effect the vast majority of your experiences. Since I’m a meathead, let’s take a look at how you can apply this rule to your training, recovery and nutrition to get the body you want and women will beg to see and touch.
Compound lifts – If you don’t know what a compound lift is you need to go figure it out. Or, better yet, I’ll tell you. Basically it’s a lift that involves the use of more than one muscle group at the same time. More importantly they are major muscle groups (i.e. the biggest) and they are required to work WITH each other. Do these with a load that is around your 5 rep max and you will see a massive difference in your build.
Intensity – I’m as guilty as you are when it comes to 2-3 hour long lifting marathons. If you can get results from a 30-45 minute workout then a 2-3 hour session is 4-6 times as effective right? Wrong. Even though the math makes sense, training isn’t a math test. Factor in the fatigue and breakdown in form from the compound lifts I already brought up, and you won’t be able to make it through a long session without hurting yourself or needing to lower the weights to the point where you’d be better off using a shake weight.
Meal Planning/Prep – Listen, if you can’t stand the thought if rotating the same meals over and over again until you absolutely can’t stand them, then you might as well leave now. Is it possible to rotate between some incredibly delicious meals so that you won’t eat the same meal more than once a week? Absolutely. But if you really want to do that then I guarantee you won’t have much time or patience for anything else. Go read the first paragraph again. The idea here is to pick the few things that work for you and use them to your advantage.
If you’re the kind of guy that wants to spend hours upon hours in the gym every day, and at the same time spend hours upon hours cooking 5 different gourmet meals so you can eat healthy AND not get bored, then this wasn’t for you. But your the kind of guy who wants to get the most bang for his buck, having time to do things outside the gym and being the one that every guy points at and says “Damn I need to get a body like his” and girls point at and say “Damn I need to fellate him…NOW!”
Take a hard look at how your training is already structured. Honestly, is it shit or are you leveraging your time and attention to get results.
The majority of you aren’t. How are you going to fix this?