Big Picture Training

On Monday I posted about a little known exercise known as the Kettlebell Hack Squat. This lead to a bit of a discussion on the value of the lift, one question in particular was:

“Are they superior to ordinary barbell squats?” Naturally I answered a question with a question:

“Superior in what respect?”

I had a fair idea where this was going, as I’d covered the advantages to the lift in the article. The answer came back,

“Hypertrophy? Strength gains? Depth of squat? In other words would I be better off switching to these instead of classic barbell squats?”

Ahhhhh, I see!

So what we have hear is a case of “pigeon holitis.” Everything must be ticked off and placed into neat little pigeon holes.


It’s an increasingly common occurrence.

As more information is more readily available, people are looking too much into the minutia, they’re focussing on details. STOPPIT and instead look at the bigger picture!

Earlier this week I was trying to explain what it is I do here at Wild Geese because the woman who asked the question kept interrupting, saying things like: “so it’s core?, no is it Aerobics?, oh, wait, you mean like pump?”

“NO! I DAMN WELL MEAN GETTING YOU FITTER AND STRONGER THAN YOUR PUNY IMAGINATION CAN POSSIBLY COMPREHEND!”

And that means doing whatever it takes with whatever kit is necessary to take you from your current state of being into a state of awesomeness.

It may mean the power lifts, it could be metabolic work, possibly bodyweight only, maybe a combination of all of them……

…..whatever it takes. Like most things in life, training is not black and white.

I often use a car analogy to elaborate on this: If I said to you that you can drive away right now in either a brand new Aston Martin DB9 or a second hand Land Rover Defender, you’d probably jump at the aston, right?


Ok, but what if I said that the only road back to where you had come from was flooded and you’d have to drive across country. Th