Do you have a workout program? Do you like your workout program? Are you following it? I recently stumbled across an article in The Washington Post on the explosion of “have it your way” fast-casual cuisine, deeming the phenomenon “Chipotlification.”
In case you don’t know about Chipotle. The model is straightforward—diners first choose a burrito or a rice bowl, and then move down the line choosing whichever toppings they desire to complete their meal. The approach, says the Post, capitalizes on consumers’ desire to have exactly “what they want in under five minutes.”
I love Chipotle, I get great food made the way I want…
Now take the idea of Chipotlification, then add 10 times the options from sauces to toppings, and you get Hot Head Burrito, a chain of fast food burrito restaurants started in Ohio. You have more sauces to pick from, more fixings, even the proteins can be overwhelming.
When do more choices become too many?
Maybe you feel the increased choice allows you to further personalize your meal. For me, it just adds to the decision making overload, and gives me a headache.
Chipotlification, one step further
Last week, I lost the immune battle to a cold going around. But I was not going down without a fight.
I threw everything at the cold.
I took Wellness Formula, I took a medicinal mushroom blend, I used a xylitol nasal rinse, and I took enzymes and a probiotic blend. I drank Traditional Medicinal teas with local, raw honey. I drank tons of water and gargled with salt water. I got more sleep. I cooked with so much garlic and oregano that my neighborhood smelled like Little Italy.
I even took the kitchen sink…not really, but you get the idea that I used every natural remedy I could get my hands on.
Do you know why scientists are so methodical in their experiments and research? Scientists need to know which variable caused the outcome, so they control for as much as possible.
Applying the scientist’s methods to my cold fighting approach just leaves me scratching my head. I have no idea which of the above remedies actually made the difference. Granted I did get over my cold sooner, but the approach is not a cost effective strategy for every cold or flu. It is too broad and un-focused.
Chipotlitification in training
Have you applied the Chipotlification to your training or taken it even further with a Hot Head Burrito approach? I do think you need to find a program tailored to you. I whole heartedly feel you need to enjoy your workout and I love all the choices out there.
Rest assured if you don’t already have a training plan, you can definitely find one that fits your needs…the problem occurs when you haphazardly combine different programs with no clear path or goal.
This is referred to as cocktailing and is a fast track to stalling progress (and possibly put you on the road to injury).
Maybe you know how to create a balanced program or can afford a personal trainer. However, if you lack the knowledge, than pick a program and stick to the training calendar.
My current program du jour
I just finished a cycle of Autumn Calabrese’s 21 Day Fix Extreme. The past 21 days flew by and I enjoyed the program. It had the training for every day and included a food guide which took the guess work out of it for me.
Literally, wake up in the morning and push play to start the workout. Check out 21 Day Fix Extreme, you will be impressed.
What training program are you currently following?
Leave a comment or send me a message if you need help finding one to fit your needs/goals.