Embrace chaos to grow leaner, stronger and better prepared for everyday life
Life can be chaotic at times so it follows you should train chaotically to prepare. Borrowing the principle from Edward Lorenz, the father of mathematical chaos theory, chaos training exposes elite athletes to the random forces they may encounter in competition.
‘While you may not train for professional sport, the ability to deal with the random nature of life – from sprinting for a bus to hauling a TV upstairs – should be a primary goal of how you exercise,’ says David Lewis of Embody Fitness (embodyfitness.co.uk), who devised this plan. ‘These
There are two programmes, both one-week plans with three full-body workouts. Week 1 works basic movement patterns that are essential to master before you move on to Week 2, which includes dynamic lifts that expose your body to non-linear forces and develop real-world strength. workouts will throw an array of multidirectional forces on your body to develop a well-rounded, balanced physique, while keeping your muscles guessing so they keep on growing.’
Lorenz, a keen climber and cross-country skier, would almost certainly approve.
All the workouts are made up of a mixture of wholebody compound lifts, unilateral moves and explosive movements. Have at least one rest day between each workout, select a weight that allows you to complete all reps with good form and follow the tempo and rest guides closely.
To get the greatest benefit, do the Week 1 plan for three weeks, then move on to Week 2. Each week, aim to slightly increase the weight you lift or the number of reps you do. This will develop strength and muscle growth while the chaotic methodology ensures you keep progressing.