Ever wondered what constituted efficient work? Or better yet, how to utilise it?
The Pareto Principle; better known now as the 80/20 principle is one of the best modern day explanations of how we can work efficiently, and how this work will yield far more results than other work.
The principle basically states that 80% of the results yield from only 20% of the effort, and to therefore hone in on that 20% would mean you could reap far more rewards from a minimal amount of work, thus concluding that working smarter, rather than harder is the formula to success.
However, to incorrectly conclude that you can gain results from minimal work would be misinterpreting the principle. The formula is to therefore hone in and spend more time on that 20% and thus reap more rewards and avoid spending time on meaningless tasks.
So, you're probably asking how this can apply to working out?
This principle can apply to absolutely everything. Let's say you're planning a 8 week training and diet plan. It's pretty obvious the more you put in, the more you'll get out. That being said, rest and maintaining a healthy balance is also just as important.
The 20% that will yield 80% of the results is definitely the diet side of your plan. You can hit the best workouts, but without fuelling your body with the right macronutrients, then there's no way you'll maximise the results.
In contrast, looking at the actual workout side of the plan, it's blatant that the 20% that will yield the 80% of results will be the actual time under tension within the session. Slowing down reps, or throwing in some supersets and tri-sets will increase this time under tension and therefore increase the effectiveness of these workouts.
We hope as always that this offered some insight and helpful advise for you.
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