Daily Dose of Coach #149: Mexican Food and Training

"We need to get back to the basics of getting people to move more and move better so they can move more and move better." Dan John

If we've talked training, you may have heard me mention Dan John. He's one of my favorite coaches in the field because of his brilliance in making things simple.

If you participate in my programming, you'll notice that you're not going to get a lot of "fluff." Meaning we are going to primarily work on the basics of training. In Dan John's book, Can You Go , he writes an excellent way to explain the basic programming he provides to his clients. It's humorous, but true. And it also speaks to something that is near and dear to each of our hearts, Mexican food.

One of his favorite comedians, Jim Gaffigan, says, "Mexican food is great, it's essentially all the same ingredients. And here's how you deal with any question about Mexican food. "

Question: "What is nachos?"

Answer: "It's tortillas, cheese, meat and vegetables."

Question: "Oh..well then, what is a burrito?"

Answer: "It's tortillas, cheese, meat and vegetables."

Question: "Well then, what is a tostada?"

Answer: "It's tortillas, cheese, meat and vegetables."

Question: "Well then, what is a .......

Answer: " Look! It's all the same s#$%. Just say a Spanish word and I'll bring you something."

Dan John moves on to explaining training the same way. " You want to play in the NFL? Good. Then we'll have to do pushes, pull, hinge, squats, and loaded carries. And you, Major League Baseball, that would be pushes, pulls, hinge, squat and loaded carries. Do you see that nice fat loss client over there? She seems to need, I don't know, let's say pushes, pulls, hinges, squats and loaded carries."

For the healthy individual, programming is essentially that simple. It's an utter waste of your life and time to search You Tube for 50 fancy pants ways to do a squat. Just learn how to squat, and then practice and load. Yes, every now and then it's okay to spice it up a bit, but focusing 80% on the fundamentals is what brings real results.

Not being satisfied with your training results is similar to not being satisfied with the Mexican food you're served. Yes, you can replace the meat in your taco with a sweet potato but it just isn't the same. Don't be afraid to stick to and master the basics.