TIP: Quit Trying To Make Exercise Fancy

Maybe I'm just bitter because I'm a simple guy.

I can't really dance and your 90-year-old grandma has better rhythm than I do.


So, when videos pop up of people doing exercises that appear to be pulled from a shitty breakdancing movie or kettlebell 'flows' that should be found in a circus act rather than a workout, I get upset.

There has been more than one situation where an editor of a blog that I've written tells me that I keep saying the same things, just slightly differently.

My response?

Well, maybe that's just what works.

I write about the importance of consistency, hitting all of the major movements, and walking before you run. It's so gosh darn boring that I have to package it in all sorts of different ways so you'll actually read it. #SorryNotSorry

Why you love fancy shit:

Our brains are hardwired to make us feel 'good' when we experience something new, or novel. So trying that new kettlebell flow, or swinging on things around the gym like a baffoon... errr I mean baboon can make us feel awesome because it's new and different...

But that doesn't mean it will make you less fat.

Or more strong.

Or that it's safe for most.

This lust for novelty has lead us to feel the need to discredit what is tried and true. Even though years of application have proven that it works. 

My theory is that, in the age of technology, our dopamine-fueled brains realize a video or photo of hitting a perfect kettlebell swing isn't going to give us many likes. But a video of a sideways swing into a sideways snatch into an overhead lunge might equal 10x the shares and likes... Even though that doesn't necessarily mean it's the right thing for you.

FYI: This works much better. Keepin' it simple for the gainz, keepin' the pants off for the likes.

Now, this isn't knocking people who like to do movement flows, in fact, I love what FRC does with their flows-- but it's important to remember the intense amount of research that has gone into their philosophy. Although I have been guilty of seeing their stuff and throwing it into a program, there are a significant number of precise cues used in an FRC flow - nothing is done for flash and many appear to be easier than they really are.

In fact, this is BRUTAL when done correctly:

I guess what I'm trying to say is this:

Do what works. Do the things that will make you move, feel, and look better. If you want to be fancy, wear colorful clothes, or take your pants off, put on a purple cape and do swings + snatches in a blizzard.

In Strength,


Stanley Dutton