Training with too many choices

Training with too many choices

by Pamela Ng 16 Feb 2020

Having choices is undoubtedly a good thing. The ability to choose is a freedom that is hard to outmatch; why settle for less when there is something better to be had? When it comes to training and working out, this train of thought on the value choices certainly holds true.


However, a paradox can occur along with the concept of diminishing returns, when the amount of satisfaction decreases when the number of choices become too many. When you have a plethora of options to choose from, how can you be sure that the one you pick is truly the best for you?


When faced with the dilemma of too many choices, how can you go about deciding on the most suitable training routine? Here are some questions you should consider:


1.           Can you keep up with the training program?

No matter how great a training program can be, you won’t benefit much from it if you can’t get through it. This is especially so if the rigour is well beyond your abilities. While we should strive to push ourselves out of our comfort zones, getting injured in the process simply won’t do. Choose a training program that challenges you without putting yourself at excessive risk.


2.           How long can you keep up with it?

Nailing your first session sure feels great, but what the next one? And the one after that? The key to any fitness routine is to be consistent and keep up with it instead of procrastinating or giving up halfway. Consider your ability to commit to a training programme in the long-term instead of doing it half-heartedly. If your lifestyle makes sticking to a heavily structured training programme impractical, opt for something that’s a little more flexible and offers more variety.


3.           Do you give up if you don’t see results immediately?

No one progresses at the same rate; some people see results faster than other people despite being on the same fitness and nutrition programme. Genetic differences must be accounted for in cases like this. If you’re the kind of person that gravitates towards instant gratification, consider doing challenge-based workouts like CrossFit WODs. Such routines provide individuals with a sense of accomplishment while giving them a standard to reach for or surpass, making each training session more mission-oriented. Sometimes, fitness is not just about results, but it is about the enjoyment and the sense of achievement that comes with completing a workout to a respectable standard.


Everyone wants choices. But what many don’t realise is that too many choices can in some cases turn out to be counter-productive. Explore the options at hand but also consider your own capabilities and tendencies when it comes to exercising them. Doing so will allow you to narrow your focus and enable you to make a more concise choice.