I get a fair amount of email that basically looks like this:
"Here's the workout I did today. Is it good?"
Here's what my answer just about always is:
"Well, is it making you better at what you're trying to get better at?"
Chances are, if the answer is yes, then yes, it's good.
If it's not, or if it hurts when you do it, or if it's done with poor form, then no, no it's not.
|Sooo, this is a good workout, amirite?|
Another thing you may want to think about: Is your lifestyle is supporting your goals? For instance, if you want to get stronger and you're not sleeping and eating properly (I will be the first to admit that I do not sleep well or enough, and I'm sure this affects my numbers), your ability to reach your goals. If you're trying to lose weight, so you've jumped on a training plan but have not taken sleep, stress, and diet into account, you're probably not going to be satisfied with your results.
I know this was a relatively vague answer, and it should be. Things that seem to work for everyone else never really seem to work for me. I used a sure-fire deadlift plan from a champion deadlifter for a while, and I actually lost a lot of strength in the deadlift as a result. It wasn't a bad plan. Obviously not-- it helped make this guy a champion. But for me, it didn't work. That's not to say you should never try other people's plans. They clearly work for at least some of the population, and may well work for you. Scientific knowledge of strength training is constantly evolving, and there is no universal "right answer." The bottom line is (and this applies to nutrition, as well), if it makes you better, do it. If it doesn't, then move on. Find someone smart to help you fine-tune things if you can.
Hopefully this is helpful, and hopefully I'll get another post in soon. In the meantime, go get better at stuff. Let me know how it goes.