Simple Exercise Strategies That Work

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Why You Need Simple Exercise Strategies

Elephant - Simple Exercise StrategiesThe #1 reason most individuals fail with their exercise program is because they make things way too complicated. The body needs to push, pull, squat and if possible overhead press.

That’s it.

Unfortunately most of the programs that incorporate free weights require individuals to learn complicated free weight movements that are difficult to truly master.

Plus, you can only perform it following a specific pattern. If done wrong, repeating these movements can lead to overuse injury which eliminates exercising all together.

For a new exercise person, 2 or 3 days off typically leads to 5 or 6 days off, which then leads to 2 weeks off and the goal of following a routine exercise program is lost. What’s needed are simple exercise strategies that make exercising less complicated and more adaptable. This is so that it becomes easy to perform on a routine basis 4 to 5 times per week no matter what comes up.

Getting in shape, getting stronger, losing a few pounds or improving flexibility does not require magical exercises. Instead, all that is required is consistency and sticking to a routine. Once that happens, adding in new exercises is easy, especially if you’re training with resistance bands that offer an unlimited amount of exercise options.

However, it starts with incorporating simple exercise strategies.

5 Simple Exercise Strategies

I have found over the years of training 1,000’s of fitness beginners that these 5 simple exercise strategies provide a simple exercise approach. This simple approach allows any level of fitness the ability to quickly adapt their program without having to worry about injury or mentally overwhelm them.

Strategy #1: Make Training Convenient

Gyms are fun because they typically enable an inspiring exercise experience with other like-minded individuals or classes. This eliminates having to think about what you are going to do for your workout.

The problem is that getting to the gym can and often is challenging when schedules need to change due to family or work. Having a convenient, portable exercise option that allows you to simulate everything you would normally do at the gym is important if you want to stay on routine.

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Strategy #2: Have a Plan B

It has been proven that when you take 2 or 3 days off from exercising, no matter what the intensity, your body will become lethargic both mentally and physically.

For most individuals, exercising is not routine. As a result, if something occurs that forces you to cancel your exercise time then you start to lose ground. If this happens 2 days straight you know what’s next—having to get started again.

You need to always have 1 or 2 alternative exercise options that allow you to keep your body on course by getting in a quick 20 to 30-minute workout anywhere.

Strategy #3: Just Sweat

Your body is dumb and does not recognize where or what you are exercising with. Just making the body work hard will keep it on pace and avoid losing momentum with your exercise program.

The key is finding a workout or workout tool you can quickly implement if you can’t access or go where you would usually go. Body weight training and band training are both great options because they provide unlimited resistance to make the body work but don’t require a lot of setup, travel or excessive space.

Therefore, you can get a workout in that is guaranteed to make you sweat.

Strategy #4: Social Workouts Are Great

Pyramid - Simple Exercise StrategiesI am one that for the most part enjoys working out alone. However, to keep things fresh, once a week I workout with a great friend doing a simple boxing and band workout.

I highly recommend training with a friend or with a group at least once a week. Fitness classes, going on a group run, doing a partner band workout or even playing a pickup game of soccer or basketball is a great change of pace and one of those simple exercise strategies.

Exercise becomes a lot more fun when you can see results. Often when you workout with a group or another person it shows you how far you have come at reaching your goals.

Strategy #5: Take 5 Minutes on Sunday to Plan

Take no more than 5 minutes every Sunday to quickly map out your workout plan for that week. Don’t make it complicated. For example, here is this week for me…

Sunday – Interval run and band leg strengthening
Monday – Band bootcamp workout with a group
Tuesday – Partner boxing-band workout
Wednesday – Heavy resistance upper body strength training
Thursday – Active recovery band stretching and core training or rest
Friday – Total body band workout somewhere fun
Saturday – Upper body weights and bands

You probably notice a common theme. Most of my workouts are interval in nature and use bands and body weight training.

If my week allows for it, I will try to lift weights but to do that I have to go to a gym. With 3 children, a business and local community volunteer work, getting to a gym is not something I want to rely on but rather use it as a change of pace.


In looking at these 5 simple exercise strategies it should become apparent why I highly suggest having Resistance Band Training as part of your exercise arsenal. It’s portability, unlimited resistance and exercise versatility provides a major advantage to making exercise simple.

This, in turn, allows you to not get out of your weekly exercise routine. A consistent exercise routine will get results 100% of the time. Make sure you don’t over think things and keep it simple.

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Meet Dave

Dave Schmitz, PT, CSCS, PES has been writing, teaching and training how to implement resistance band training for rehabilitation, general conditioning, and performance since 1996. He is the founder & co-owner of Resistance Band Training— the leading band provider worldwide.

Along with being a co-author of the Amazon best seller, Total Body Breakthroughs, Dave is also the author and producer of numerous fitness & nutrition articles, E-books, DVDs. His passion is focused on trainers, clients, and athletes improve their body’s ability to handle momentum, gravity and ground reaction forces using elastic resistance. Dave also consults online with several high schools, universities, private performance training business and is also on the board of experts for the International Youth and Conditioning Association (IYCA).

2 Responses to "Simple Exercise Strategies That Work"
  1. Scott says:

    Hi Dave,

    Hope you well; it has been awhile. Awhile since writing AND, unfortunately, a while since reading your column. I have followed you for many years and have all 4 of the programs you promote in todays column and many more. All are great, just like you and your columns, packed with free info and workouts. Dave, you are awesome and so is band training – though, at 56 years old I have reshaped my body with Kettlebells ( down over 20 lbs. in 8 weeks) and diet. My point is that you almost cater to the older crowd due to the lesser demand bands have on joints. However, your ‘new’, snazzier email template / font format has taken the joy out of reading your column for me. YOUR TEXT IS FIXED AND CANNOT BE ENLARGED ON A TABLET AND IT IS WAY TOO SMALL FOR MY ‘OLD’ EYES, even with glasses, and, I don’t always have my glasses as I only need them to read small print. I would be shocked if no one else has written to you about this, but, am sure others feel the same way. Please go to another format with larger text. And, keep up the awesome work, my friend.



  2. Dave Schmitz says:


    Thank you for letting me know this. I will look into this ASAP.

    Appreciate you taking the time to share.


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