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Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Hacking strength: Gaining muscle with least resistance

[A hacker's perspective on strength training. Made lots of sense to me. -egg]
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The least-resistance philosophy dictates that you should mold your environment so that the path of least resistance is the path of maximum productivity.

The core principles are eliminating barriers to engaging in productive behavior and erecting barriers to engaging in counter-productive behavior.

Admittedly, this philosophy is tricky to apply to an activity that stresses reaching "maximum resistance."

But, the principles still work.

Going to the gym is a major transaction cost.

Putting on gym clothes is a barrier.

Finding a consecutive block of time to work out induces opportunity costs.

If you set up your equipment at home so that you can walk in, do a set and walk out, you are at the gym whenever you're home.

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