I saw this chart the other day in Bill Pearl’s Getting Stronger book. The rep range for the general population and for general athleticism.

This reminded me. It doesn’t take much. Here’s a simple list for framing your thoughts on exercise.

  1. Something is better than nothing and a little bit goes a long way.
  2. Too fast too soon guarantees failure – the sudden fanatics flame out.
  3. Accentuate the positive and reduce or eliminate the negative.
  4. Light weights are effective for most people – incredible strength doesn’t require incredibly heavy weights
  5. Posture comes before weights anyway, heavy weights will further distort poor posture
  6. The best exercise is walking.
  7. Disciplined eating combined with fasting at least once a month.

To the fasting point, I was reading Mike Brown’s Strength of Samson and How to Attain It. He gives this line from Jesus emphasizing it’s when you fast not if!

By the way, when I’ve seen people fail with exercise it’s typically due to violating one of these.

It’s more lifestyle that boils down to making a few key choices correctly, and understanding the consequences when you don’t.