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Simplification: It’s catching on!

Posted on May 3rd, 2012 by Matt Schoeneberger

If you read my recent post about un-complicating fitness, you weren’t alone. Apparently it has set the fitness blogging world on fire!

Anthony Colpo must read

Steve Kamb must read

I’m just being silly, of course. I doubt these guys spend much time reading blogs at all, let alone other fitness sites. But I like the fact that in one day, I can find two articles which share a theme: simplify and get shit done. Now do that day after day. Now that’s refreshing!

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5 Responses to “Simplification: It’s catching on!”

  1. Pussyfoot says:

    Simplify everything! But wait! I thought that “Weight Loss is NOT Simple!!”? Am I not supposed to audit my diet or am I supposed to?

    Will the pendulum swing back to articles telling us to be more careful in a few more months?

    • Matt Schoeneberger says:


      You’re completely missing the point. The fact that weight loss is already complicated due to Bio/Psycho/Social variables is exactly why people should make their program as simple as possible. Get it? In fact, I referenced the Weight Loss is NOT Simple post in my Why Make Fitness More Complicated? post for that exact same reason.

      There’s no pendulum swing here. You audit your diet when you have to in order to get the result you want. If you can get the result without it by creating simple rules (smaller plates/utensils, eating at certain times, limiting servings) then by all means do it that way. When the plateau comes, audit.

      At what point did anyone not tell you to be careful? The order to simplify does not mean go about things haphazardly. Nice try, though.


      • Pussyfoot says:

        This: “So, I admonish you to simplify your fitness routine, whatever it consists of. Whether you’re getting results or you’re awash in stagnation, simplify. Simplify, because fitness is complicated enough already.” does not mesh with your reply.

  2. Chris says:

    For me, simplify has been about getting to that core set of habits that I know I can sustain for life. Concentrating on each segment of SPEED and getting 1 habit for each that is non-negotiable, cutting out extraneous stuff. This has just knocked me off of my plateau. And that is just the pendulum swing I was looking for.

    It certainly is simple, absolutely NOT easy, and, oh yes, very care-full.

  3. Paykasa says:

    Thank you for writing this and sharing your knowledge!

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