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Quality Over Quantity

Quality, not quantity, is my measure.
— Douglas William Jerrold

In the last years of my sport career, I learned the importance of quality over quantity. As you get older, the "real world" takes over and it seems that there are never enough hours in the day to even begin to accomplish all that you have planned to do. I noticed my training was squeezed in between jobs, school, and wanting a social life. It was exhausting and everything suffered from it. So, I changed things up. No longer did I worry about putting in hours after hours of training, instead I concentrated on the quality of my training. Quality over quantity. 

I have always been a fan of quality over quantity. I grew up in a small church, lived in small towns, worked at a small restaurant, and went to a small college, where everyone knows your name and loves you like their own. Recently, Steve and I downsized our martial arts and training facility and now run a private gym. It was one of the greatest decisions we have ever made together. I love knowing everything about our students and being able to give them one-on-one attention. At first, it was tough. I worried about the perceived value of a small gym. Many believe that bigger is always better- they want the most machines, the largest building, and the latest equipment. But, while there are definitely some good things about quantity, I still enjoy the mom and pops place over the big, corporate franchise. 

In a world where our success is measured by the amount of  "likes" and "follows" and "subscribers" we have, it is easy to feel like a failure. Steve and I share social media pages and between the two of us, we have less "friends" than everyone we know. Pathetic, right? But, I look at our friend list and realize that we have been blessed with a great group of people who we can truly call our friends. The concept of quality over quantity can be used in so many ways. In everything that you do, make sure there is quality. Have quality friends, work for a quality employer, be a quality employee, make quality time for your family, eat quality food, and perform quality workouts. Quality over quantity. Every time.

"Every Minute"

Every minute on the minute (EMOM) for 5 minutes:

  • 2 Squat Tuck Jumps
  • 5 Squats
  • 10 Jumping Jacks

EMOM for 5 minutes:

  • 2 Diamond Push-ups
  • 5 Push-ups
  • 10 Mountain Climbers

EMOM for 5 minutes:

  • 2 Burpees
  • 5 Curtsy Lunges
  • 10 High Knees 

EMOM for 5 minutes:

  • 2 4-count Shoulder Taps
  • 5 Bird Dogs
  • 10 Plank Jacks

Watch the video for a demonstration of the workout and how to perform the exercises.