It is amazing how many exercise devices from flimsy, low-end contraptions to multi-thousand dollar fitness machines are marketed will the alleged feature/benefit of enabling hundreds of exercises. Likewise, it’s very common for training programs to boast of huge variation, often as a way to “keep things fresh” or to “keep your body guessing what’s next.”
That tactic is very disrespectful of you, your time and your money. It’s like being under a car working on an exhaust system and asking a friend to hand you 9/16th open-end wrench and having him dump an entire toolbox full of items on the ground instead. One one tool does the job best why should you sort through hundreds? Why should you have to try all possible exercises and variations to find out what will work to build your biceps or triceps? What the hell are you buying if it isn’t some expertise on what can save you frustrating mistakes in the gym?
Yet most ads prattle on about all the different exercises you can do. And they tell you how you can constantly change them without running out of variations. Only a guy who wants to spend the absolute maximum time in the gym will value that – and even then it’s just for the busywork, not for productive training. Most of us are spending money to find proven shortcuts and efficiencies that deliver the results we want without us having to resort to trial and err – that’s what we are paying for!
What’s the best exercise to build your quads? What’s the best exercise to build your biceps? What’s the most often you can train and still get results? What’s the least often you can train and still get results? If your current workout can’t show you those answers – and prove them to you in black and white! – get a different training program.
Any team of monkeys can build an exercise contraption for late night TV sales that mimics otherwise effective exercises. Or likewise, cobble together a kitchen sink training program that tells you to keep trying stuff until something eventually pays off. Real, durable value for a fitness consumer comes from finding a program of exercises that have been objectively evaluated for you so you don’t have to pay to be a guinea pig or spend your time reinventing the wheel.