Applying Frugality, Ben Franklin’s 4th virtue to our fitness pursuits demands an intelligent less is more approach.
Frugality in fitness, can be approached as making your work count.
Doing what is necessary, doing it well, and nothing more.
As with any enterprise the “new thing” is exciting and often most marketable, but absolutely unnecessary.
Time-tested training with basic exercises is the epitome of frugality.
That shiny new device, the newest gear, the newest trend does nothing but line the pockets of those that market them.
In actuality, you need nothing more than a bar, some free-weights, or some dumbbells, or even just your own body as resistance.
That is frugality.
On the other hand, I do believe established norms, mores and beliefs also need to be tested on a personal level.
For years I have been told about and sometimes even “scolded” for including athletic running in my training regimen.
I had the belief for years that every minute spent running/sprinting was a drain on my muscular progression and gains.
I decided to test that notion.
Learning about how real, natural, non-anabolically enhanced strength athletes trained, I decided to take a leap of faith after researching some of the old “Golden Age” approaches to obtaining optimum aesthetics.
I was amazed at how wrong I was.
Running, in particular sprinting has done more to keep me lean, healthy, youthful & energized year-round than any other training technique employed with the exception being intermittent fasting.
Doing what is necessary, nothing more.