One of the biggest truths when it comes to strength and conditioning is that boring will often get you the best results. It’s no secret that deadlifts and squats will get you stronger or that sled sprints or interval training on a bike or rower will turn you into a metabolic monster. But plain and simple isn’t always fun.
We all want to be leaner, stronger, and faster. I get it. I spent over 5 years chasing strength and competed both as an Olympic weightlifter and a powerlifter. I can’t tell you how many deadlifts I have done in that period but admittedly was certainly lacking in the conditioning part of the equation. Most of my results came from only a handful of lifts….lots and lots of the same lifts.
I understand that most people, however, will get bored very quickly doing the same thing over and over again and in most cases the psychological benefits of training are just as important if not more than the physiological results. When it comes to results a combination of smart programming and consistency is king. To that end, if a program is boring you won’t want to do it so here are a few fixes to make sure you don’t get stuck in a rut.