I created a Lifescripts repo where I am automating away parts of my life into stochasticism.
The introduction of randomness has an interesting effect:
On average, the expected result is known. For any given week, however, you don't know the distribution. So, you can't go balls to the wall because the next few days may also be. But you can't just play it safe, because the next few days may minima.
It incentivizes you, without even thinking about it, to calibrate correctly.
The introduction of randomness allows a nice fluctuation that averages out to a known quantity over time.
The only real *daily* habit is flipping a coin and rolling dice. Everything else can be tweaked, scaled up or down as wanted.
As I decrease my deficit, for instance, heads will likely become TDEE+15%, tails TDEE-15%, a multiplier of 25 on kettlebell, etc. Same daily habit, but modified in a small way.
I then made my kettlebell stochastic.
After I flip the day's coin, I roll a 2d6 and multiply it by 10. That's how many swings I do that day. On average, 70. Maximum: 120.
I could, if I wanted, attach this to the coin: heads multiply by 25, tails multiply by 10, etc. Doing this would increase the max to 300, and the average to 210.
So far, I've been loving it.
So I added more stochasticism.
Every morning I cycle 20 minutes. On head days, I do a 30 minute afternoon cycle. That's 140 minutes baseline plus, on average, another 105 minutes of cardio each week. Maximum: 350 minutes.
Which is smack dab in the suggested range for maximum cardio benefit (140 is the accepted minimum, 450 is the accepted point where diminishing marginal returns from cardio kick in)
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Fortunately, every reputable program has *some* built in laziness to prepare the beginner for this point, so they have some idea of what it means to *need* to go slower in order to make progress.
When choosing a program, literally any will work. Err on the side of a program which is a bit slower and lazier than you'd like. You'll find out why in about 6 months, and thank your past self.
Intellectually, a beginner knows that on SS5x5, adding 5lbs per workout, 15lbs per week, it's cartoonish to think that at the end of the year they'll be lifting 780lbs. They know this, but abstractly.
Bad programs are ones which leave the beginner utterly bewildered by this realization, with no idea at all what to do. They weren't exposed to the virtue of laziness, and struggle as they try to discover it in a state of baffled frustration.
It's a balancing act which, for the beginner, does not matter at all. What does matter is whether they are adequately prepared for when going lazy is the *only* way to progress, and progress is only possible by going even slower than they thought even though they knew they'd have to slow down at some point.
Every decent beginner's program attempts to find a balance between essential laziness, and the incredible speed with which an average beginner's strength increases. Whatever balance point they choose, they choose so it'd work for the majority of people. And, literally anything will work for a beginner. Biking will increase their squat max.
The lightest weight and fewest reps necessary to beat what you did before. A you lift heavier, you will have to go even lower and slower, that's what periodization is and it's absolutely necessary to make further progress.
Build laziness into your programming from the beginning, because after the first few months the rest of your lifting career will be entirely about figuring out how lazy you *need* to be.
Basically: go lazier, slower, and lighter as possible even if you're already going as lazily slow as possible. This ensures you will still be doing it 5 years from now, lazily lifting weights you can barely think about today.
For a beginner, lazy and slow is already impossibly fast compared to later on. For someone more advanced, it means getting stronger versus getting injured trying to break through a months-long plateau.
Laziness is a virtue.
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