The Discipline to Train Less
Requires shifting your focus
It took a lot of discipline to only train twice last week. In fact, it's taken a lot of discipline for many of the last several weeks to only aim for two solid training sessions. Inferior coaches would call my prioritizing rest and recovery "lazy" or "undisciplined." Because their understanding of the human body and metabolism is typically limited by incomplete calories in, calories out measures, they think I’m burning fewer calories by training less.
These calorie lovers often forget that 80% of the calories we burn are burned outside of the gym. So what are the key levers to pull to make this number as high as feasible?
We must increase muscle mass and conditioning output. This does NOT mean we must increase training quantity. It does mean we must increase quality. And often times the way we increase quality is by REDUCING quantity.
Besides staying healthy and pain free, the only training goals I have are to lift heavier and condition at a higher intensity. If I can do both, my physique will improve. If I cannot, it will suffer. So the right amount of food to eat and the right amount of rest to get will always be