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Why Summit Strength Works - The Science and Psychology

(⚠️Cation: Don’t read this if you don’t want to build your knowledge, conviction, and motivation to do the program. ;D)

Functional Strength

Functional strength is the most natural form or strength training and should be the foundation of any strength program. Here are 4 reasons why:

  1. Results. If you are looking for the most overall results in the least amount of time, functional strength training is superior. That’s because these types of movements naturally recruit the most muscles all at once.

  2. Safety. Due to the natural movement style of functional training, it puts less strain on your joints. This allows you to train harder for longer with fewer injuries, which is huge.

  3. Looks. If you move how a human is supposed to move, you’ll look how a human is supposed to look. So functional training is a very easy way to ensure you have a balanced and natural physique because these are balanced and natural movements.

  4. Ability. Humans who have only ever strength trained on machines will always lose in a sport vs. humans who use free weights and functional strength training. This is for a lot of reasons, but just know that “Go Muscle” is preferable over “Show Muscle” unless you’re a bodybuilder of course, haha.

Measured Progress

This is most likely the most important motivation in the whole program. Here are 4 reasons why:

  1. Pressure To Win. When you see the numbers you did last time you did the same workout, there is a STRONG motivation to beat them. A voice saying, “it’s time to prove I’m better now” SS gives you this for EVERY workout.

  2. Truth. To measure your progress often and correctly, you will have something very valuable on your hands: TRUTH. Absolute evidence that you are indeed BETTER. When my program scores you as better, it will NOT be an opinion. If that does not motivate you to continue, nothing will.

  3. Perspective. Your journey will not be without setbacks, believe me. So when you inevitably fall behind, you can take a step back, look at your own data, and realize it’s not that bad in the grand scheme of your progress.

  4. Knowledge. The more you can write down about your fitness, the more effective your future workouts can be. That’s because knowledge of past workouts allows me to prescribe a workout that is not too hard and not too soft, exactly what your body needs.

The “Level-Up” System

The ability to scale a workout up or down is very important. Here’s why:

  1. If it’s too easy, you don’t get enough results,

  2. If it’s too hard, you could be hurt/demoralized.

  3. If SS is truly “Foundational Human Fitness” and “scalable,” then it can challenge beginners and athletes EQUALLY simply by scaling the same move up or down to match the person's ability.

  4. SS is designed to have near-limitless upward scalability. So the motivation to get better never ends. So long as you give even a 70% effort, you’ll keep being rewarded with “Level-Ups” (🏔), and “Plusses” (➕), and the game continues!

Individualized Prescription

Remember, as inclusive and scalable as the SS program is designed to be, it still needs me to adjust it for you. I’m happy to show you that no matter what your medical issue is with any given workout, as long as your doctor clears you for exercise, I can help. Also, if you don’t have a full range of motion or balance, I can modify the workout so that it’s still effective for you too! All you have to do is ask 💁🏻‍♂️.

Constant Variance

Constance variance is simply the weekly change up of your workout. This is effective both in terms of science and motivation:

  1. First, better results are seen when changing workouts up enough because is causes the body to have to adapt.

  2. Second, people find it much more motivational, interesting, and fun to have a different workout every week.

However, too much variance in a program is not good either. You don’t want a program to be too complex/chaotic, nor do you want it to be too simple/boring. That is why SS was created to be the PERFECT balance between the 2.

The Interval Clock

The interval clock is a very simple yet integral part of SS; here’s why:

  1. It makes the workouts more exciting. When you hear that “3…2…1…” count down, you know “IT’S ON.” So when it says “GO,” well… It’s time to GO! Haha! Even the rests are exciting because they have a countdown, too, like a calm before the storm.

  2. It makes you work much harder than you ever would without the clock, thus better results. It’s a relentless intentional pressure that says, “you DO NOT stop trying until you hear the buzzer! For this is the all mighty law of the timer!”

  3. It keeps the whole program VERY measurable and fair. For instance, if you do more reps than last time, we’ll know for a FACT that it wasn’t because you decided to take a longer rest because your rests will always be the same no matter what.

  4. I once did an experiment where I took the interval clock away from the workouts and just told my clients to “do as many reps as you can, and rest only as much as you need” instead… They ended up doing an average of 25% fewer reps in the same 30min workout!! Proving the need for the interval timer to me once and for all.

Only 2 Days A Week

A classic strength and conditioning program with all the goals of SS is typically 3-5 days a week. The problem is most people are not willing to commit the time or the money needed to do a program like that. So I created SS as the answer to this problem. This is why SS is able to solve this problem:

  1. SS is a hybrid of the best exercise sciences for body change.

  2. SS is intense enough that you only need to do it 2 days a week and it's STILL very effective.

As a result, this program gets you more results per min exercising than ANY other form of exercise. That is quite a statement, I know.

The Program Has Proven Itself Already

I always say that the “best” program is the program you ACTUALLY do. So the best testimony for SS is from those who have been doing it since 2017. Some of these people are near retirement age and have never done an exercise program in their life, and have many medical issues. Yet here they are years later, still showing up, still motivated, and still improving. That's the most important fact of this whole article, so I'll end it at that.

Thank you for reading. May you Reach Your Potential.

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1 Comment

Wayne Wood
Wayne Wood
Jan 17, 2023

And these are the very reasons that I enjoy Summit Strength at Motivate Me Mike!

Thanks, Mike!


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