Hold 'em or fold 'em? Learn why quick easy workouts hold the winning hand.
"You gotta know when to hold 'em. Know when to fold 'em. Know when to walk away and know when to run."
Those are the lyrics to The Gambler by country music artist, Kenny Rogers. The song won a Grammy in 1980, and tells the story of a late-night meeting on a train "bound for nowhere" between the narrator and an unnamed man who is the gambler. Seeing the narrator is down on his luck, the gambler offers him some wise advice in exchange for a taste of his whisky.
It's a toe-tapping tune. But, what does this Kenny Rogers song have to do with quick easy workouts?
Well, just like any seasoned gambler, it is important you learn "how to play the game right".
The song has 3 rules, so let's take a look at them one at a time:
1. "You gotta know when to hold 'em."
How does that apply? Well, if you are using a workout or training routine that is delivering results on a regular and consistent basis, you should remain with it until your program is no longer productive for you.
Don't act like you have ants in your pants. Constantly hopping from workout to workout won't help you. Stay with what you're using until you milk all your gains dry.
Like Kenny says, "The secret to survivin' is knowing what to throw away and knowing what to keep."
2. "You gotta know when to fold 'em."
How does that apply? Well, just like in our example above, the reverse is true. This means, if your routine fails to deliver results, you "fold your cards".
Instead, go take a layoff to recharge your batteries. The result?
You'll return to your training with fire in your belly and a fresh ace in your pack.
3. "Know when to walk away and know when to run."
How does that apply? Well, this one is easy to answer. When a weight lifting routine is failing to deliver, you walk away from it.... and when a weight lifting routine is making you feel fatigued or even ill - you stash your cards and leave the table until you're ready to get back in the game.
Sounds easy, right?
Which is why you should follow these 3 simple rules, and just like Rogers' gambler you'll find yourself holding the winning hand.