You may be wondering why I specifically chose the Reconstruction plan to kick off 2017 or why it’s programmed the way it is.
Of all the programs we design and collaborate on throughout the year—Reconstruction ends up taking the lead off spot?
Let me try my best to explain the rationale. (Or just skip right ahead to the plan at mensfitness.com/Reconstruction)
The big picture
First of all, January is the unofficial reset button for everyone. We all make resolutions and promises to work on improving some aspect or aspects of our lives. Whether we have the determination to stick to them or see them through—only time ends up telling. But, considering it’s such a huge reflective and goal-setting time for everyone that means there’s a whole lot of people in the same boat. I wanted to create something that would help and inspire people with varying degrees of experience. As I mentioned in one of my promotional videos, I think it’s great for two types of people—the beginner that’s never been in the gym and the advanced guy that may have let himself go.
When you’re just starting
When I was starting out, the very first thing that I learned was to get intensely focused and dialed in on every single rep, and to feel every millimeter I moved the weight. This is what really creates results. I mean, I’m talking hyper-focused. Even on the rest periods. In fact for years I didn’t allow myself to bring my cell phone into the gym. This is the main reason why Reconstruction was designed with exercises that focus on super-slow repetition tempos. This will train any beginner to feel everything.
When you’ve been there before
While I’ve been fortunate enough to have fitness at the center of my life and career, I understand that’s not the case for everyone. Life happens and those single-digital body fat days end up being a memory of the past. But that doesn’t mean they are gone for good. I get countless messages from folks looking to get their body back. They know what’s-what in the gym, they’ve been there before, it’s just been a while. This is another reason why Reconstruction was designed with super-slow repetitions. Back to basics. Feel everything again.
When you live this stuff
I do all of my programs, even the one’s other contributors provide. I’ve pretty much done it all. Want to know what happens sometimes? You get lost in it! I originally designed the Reconstruction for myself. It didn’t have a name. It was just another program I made to “reset” when I found myself rushing through workouts. So I forced myself to do slower repetitions. I also found myself getting sluggish and slow mid-week. So I pulled back the volume a bit. I wasn’t hammering circuits with heavy weights every day. I wasn’t doing 5-6+ sets per exercise with each workout. And four weeks in, my strength, recovery, energy, and mood were all back to normal.
Let Reconstruction be the foundation of your new body, or re-energize the one that’s been in hibernation and waiting to break out.
Get the full plan at mensfitness.com/Reconstruction
And be sure to send over before and after photos for your chance to be feature on mensfitness.com and humanfitproject.com