A few years back, I went mountain biking in the Julian Alps in Slovenia (which is where I took the picture at the top of this post).
Before booking the trip, I read through this big list of requirements I was supposed to meet, which included “considerable experience” of riding on a wide variety of technical terrains, “excellent” bike handling skills, as well as the ability to “do small jumps, corner, climb and descend steep trails.”
None of which I paid a great deal of attention to.
While I did own a mountain bike, I had zero experience of riding it on any terrain that wasn’t a road. But I’ve been riding a bike most of my life, I thought to myself. How hard can it be?
Anyway, I arrive in Slovenia, and the van picks me up at the airport. As I’m sat in there, chatting to some of the other people on the trip, I began to wonder what the **** I’d gotten myself into.
Everyone looked like serious “hardcore” mountain bikers. Most had brought their own bikes, flying them over from the US or Australia. There was all this technical talk about optimal tire pressures, gear ratios, brake settings and a bunch of other stuff that I had no clue about.
I didn’t even have the special shoes that clip on to the pedals, and had turned up with a pair of old hiking boots that I wear to walk my dog.
I sat there with this awful sinking feeling in my stomach. Maybe I could fake an injury on the first day, I thought to myself. Then at least I can avoid being exposed as an “impostor” who had no right being there in the first place.
But, as it turned out, I did just fine.
Even riding down some of the steep downhill trails, many of which looked (to me at least) far too steep and rocky for a bike, I made it in one piece. All without having any real clue what I was doing.
It’s much the same story when it comes to getting in shape. All you need, to paraphrase billionaire investor Warren Buffett, is to do a few simple things right, do them consistently and avoid big mistakes.
There’s no need to become an expert on every single diet and training method known to man. Just choose one path and stay on it. Only allow yourself access to the information you need in order to stay on that path, and be ruthless about blocking out all the other noise and distractions.
Of course, it does help to have a guide to keep you on track and moving in the right direction And that’s exactly what my MX4 training program can do for you.
If you want to become an expert on the mechanisms of muscle hypertrophy, it’s not for you.
But, if you’re after a “cut the waffle and just tell me what to do” training program that will give you more muscle than you have right now, working out 2-4 days a week, without wrecking your joints, MX4 is waiting patiently for you at the link below:
Christian Finn, M.Sc.
Founder of Muscle Evo