I’ve been using the StrongLifts app for over a month. It’s an iPhone app that gives you a workout and then keeps track of your progress and tells you what to do the next time.
I think its brilliance is in the simplicity. At it’s basic level you get:
- 5 core exercises in total
- 3 exercises per workout
- 5 sets of 5 reps
- start out with minimal weight at the very beginning
- increase the weight by 5 lbs each workout
After just a month, I still haven’t hit a hard workout… yet.
But I know it’s coming…
BECAUSE THERE IS A SYSTEM.
Because of this system, I’m ok with slow progress. I know it will get hard soon enough.
I’m ok with going slowly, because I know that I’m still focusing on things like form and the habit of showing up at the gym a few times a week.
I’m ok with following a system, because I trust the person who has created the app.
I enjoy the app and the workout, because I don’t have to think about it.
My job is to simply show up at the gym and follow the lifts. Progress will take care of itself.