I recently finished the second installment of my "Brick 'n Mortar" program. We had a lot of fun putting it together; and I hope it helps and people like it.
I started writing the Brick 'n Mortar program in response to the many questions I receive from family and friends about their fitness routine(s). At first I didn't care what they did, I just want to encourage them to be active and have fun. But after they asked certain questions, I began looking at some of the things they were doing. I thought, "Wow, this is ridiculous." Some was a bit more advanced than they were, some was focusing on the wrong things for them, some was just silly. So I started telling them to skip the hype in the magazine(s)/social media. They don't need 6 minute abs or butts of steel, or 200 daily squats. Keep it simple. Easy to say, but in today's fitness overload, that can be a tough concept to nail down. This inspired me to start putting together a simple routine. My goal was to make the program a user friendly general fitness routine, that evolves.
Level 1 was the basics: 8 weeks of keep it simple, develop the routine/habit (Plus an optional bonus 2 week Bodybuilding-esk routine at the end for fun).
Level 2 we are introducing super sets & making them more difficult as the weeks progress.
Beyond workout plan:
I also wanted to give some direction beyond just the workouts. I do not subscribe to absolutes or my way is the only way mentalities. Instead of saying this is the devil, and this over here is exactly what you should be eating, drinking, supplementing, etc - I want to inspire you to think about it. Maybe do a little personal research (if you are serious about it), or you can rip those pages out of the e-book and not read them and just do the workouts (hey, that's cool). I am not a dietitian, nor I am not going to endorse any Fad diets or push supplements on you. I'd rather having somewhat of a growing conversations on the topics. In my mind L1 (Level I) topics should help prime your mindfulness for L2 (Level II) (but isn't required). L1 goes over some broad nutritional information, L2 dives in a little deeper and encourages you to break out your calculators. In L1 we talk a bit about nutritional supplements. In L2 we expand our supplement conversation. Both L1 & L2, have some mobility exercises sprinkled in. L1 has some stretching, L2 some foam rolling. In L2 we started talking about conditioning.
The program is an 8 week program. If you click: Brick 'n Mortar Level II you will linked to the purchase/download page. Please share with you friends and family that you think could benefit.
I am a huge fan of simplicity (personally and professionally). Confession time, while I feel I kept the program simple, I did leave in some muscle isolation exercises (biceps, triceps) in L1 & L2. For the L3 (Level III) we will focus on less muscle isolation; and more movements. As we evolve our program, one of the higher levels will be hacked away focusing on less exercises - but for enjoy.
I do not have a current estimate for when L3 will be complete, currently only have a basic, rough outline.