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I talked yesterday about how I do Sessions at facilities somewhat similar to ours in Buxton and Bakewell on a Thursday and Friday respectively.

Partly because I enjoy them, they get me to work harder and do stuff I probably wouldn’t do myself, I pick up ideas and improve technique.

But a massive part of those choices is that they are convenient.

I drive right past CrossFit Buxton on the way home from the school run on a Thursday about five or so minutes before the 9.30 Session starts.

I’d miss the 9.30 Session at RISE so my only other option is to train myself afterwards on my own.

On Friday mornings I usually stay in Bakewell around the school run, so it’s really my only option for getting a workout in (other than going for a run or going to the council gym).

Both options are convenient.

And, therefore, more often than not, get done.

Because sub-optimal, convenient and ‘done’…………..

Always beats theoretically optimal, inconvenient and ‘doesn’t happen’.

Over the last twenty years in the Fitness Industry, I’ve been asked many, many times about the “best way” to exercise.

How to ‘split’ up workouts.

Times of day to train.

Rest between workouts.

Or the “best way” to lose weight and / or “eat healthily”.

And there may well be a ‘best way’ for all of these things.

Maybe a best combination of our RTP Sessions.

But as soon as it gets less convenient and, therefore, happens less, it stops being the best.

Accepting that knowingly sub-optimal is ok is a powerful thing.

Just coming to the 3 (or more) RTP Sessions at RISE that are most convenient will be (at least) 95% as effective as some other combination.

I’m sure there are workouts out there that will get quicker results than our programme, in theory.

But if we hate doing them and can barely walk for days afterwards, we’re not likely to keep them up.

Eating in a calorie deficit if we’re looking to lose weight is easy (physically, if not mentally and emotionally) and can be done, on average across the week, whatever is happening in our lives.

Good enough is good enough.

Something that creates forward progress towards our goals………..

That we find sufficiently enjoyable (or, at least, tolerable)……….

And is convenient enough that it happens………..

Will always beat some theoretically better approach that doesn’t.

Much love,

Jon ‘Store’ Hall

P.S. If you’re ready to try a knowingly sub-optimal approach that’s produced way more success stories than all the other facilities that like to profess their programme to be “better” than ours combined……….. then here’s where you do that –> www.myrise.co.uk/apply


RISE in Macclesfield was established in 2012 and specialise in Group Personal Training weight loss programmes for those that don’t like the gym and find diets boring and restrictive!

Jon Hall
Jon Hall

When not helping people to transform their lives and bodies, Jon can usually be found either playing with his kids or taxi-ing them around. If you'd like to find out more about what we do at RISE then enter your details in the box to the right or bottom of this page or at myrise.co.uk - this is the same way every single one of the hundreds who've described this as "one of the best decisions I've ever made" took their first step.