As anticipated, week six was nearly identical to week five. The only difference of note was removal of the reassessment, which kicked things off last week.
As I come to the tail-end of this program, it has become apparent that Integral Strength (IS) is not for me. This is not a blight on the program, bur rather my selection. For me, IS is missing something.
Having come to this realisation, I’ve been wondering – when is it OK to stop or swap a program, and when should you see it through?
Pros of Premature Program Cessation (or PPS as I like to call it. I hope it catches on)
- You now know what you’re not after and have a better idea of what direction you want to take. Sometimes it takes a decision, even though it may not be the right one, to trigger things. A good example of the ‘snowballing’ effect is exercise and weight loss. Exercise alone is unlikely to lead to significant weight loss. However, by beginning a particular regime, individual’s all of a sudden change their eating habits (increased healthy eating) to supplement their regular physical activity.
- Stops unnecessary time wasting away from your primary goals.
- Reduces the developing sense of resent towards the program. From time to time, it’s normal not to look forward to training. Though, if this feeling is strong and grows more consistent, then it’s time to reassess.
Cons of PPS (it’s catching!)
- Of course, by discontinuing a program, you won’t gain maximum benefit of what it has to offer.
- Although a program may not provide the benefit your after, there are always lessons intertwined. It could be something as simple as how to progress or regress a particular movement, to a less tangible nugget like those unveiled in my previous analyses of the program (week one, two, three, four and five).
- A program may act like kindling for a rampant program hopping habit! Here it’s important to delve in to your psyche and look at why you’re ending a program. Cutting a program short because you don’t like a few of the exercises is not reason enough. In fact, doing exercises you dislike, is probably a good indication that your programming is on the money.
What goes through your mind when deciding when to give up a program or push through? I’d love to hear your thoughts.
In future, I plan to spend more time in the research process – finding out as much as possible about a program before commencing. From reading what the program has to offer, as well as independent reviews. In hindsight, this would have saved me from the conundrum I’m now faced with.
Stay tuned for the final two week’s of GMB’s Integral Strength.