Simple training and getting back to basics. That should be easy to do. It's also an understandable sentiment for me to relate to. After all, the history of the past 40 years of strength training was kind of bizarre. For some reason, we decided that we needed all of this...
Was somehow inadequate for the job of building a strong body.
|Somehow worked for her.|
So, we need to get back to basics but that also raises an interesting question: does anyone still know what that is anymore? I've heard several renditions of what the basics are in strength training. Depending on which source you choose to worship as the best source of the basics, that could break down into two categories:
1. Moving simply with lots of objects. This is the most common one that you'll likely see. While it's not McFitness as we know it in equipment overload and excess, this category of, "basic but brutal," still needs mats, barbells, dumbbells, racks, some odd objects, etc. From there, it's basic exercises, usually the "big four" with some accessory movements.
2. Moving complexly with less objects. Here you'll get some weird movements to make up for the lack of training equipment. This tends to be the refuge of Penitentiary strength training, Parkour, Bodyweight guys, etc.
We can, and may, debate which of thee basic approaches is the best answer to making gyms better, there's more to this issue than just how we move and we use to move to get stronger. It relates back to those TV's to soothe the monotony of being in the latest rendition of a gym. It's about what Steve Pulcinella touches on a bit here:
You don't need a glorified scrap pile with pads to get results. You just need to get busy with something you enjoy doing.