For 20% of the Effort You get 80% of the Gains

For 20% of the Effort You get 80% of the Gains

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“The Pareto principle (also known as the 80/20 rule, the law of the vital few, or the principle of factor sparsity) states that, for many events, roughly 80% of the effects come from 20% of the causes.

Management consultant Joseph M. Juran suggested the principle and named it after Italian economist Vilfredo Pareto, who noted the 80/20 connection while at the University of Lausanne in 1896, as published in his first paper, ‘Cours d’économie politique’.

Essentially, Pareto showed that approximately 80% of the land in Italy was owned by 20% of the population; Pareto developed the principle by observing that about 20% of the peapods in his garden contained 80% of the peas.

Mathematically, the 80/20 rule is roughly followed by a power law distribution (also known as a Pareto distribution) for a particular set of parameters, and many natural phenomena have been shown empirically to exhibit such a distribution.” Courtesy of Wikipedia

The Pareto principle has been applied to training as well, where roughly 20% of the exercises and habits have 80% of the impact and the trainee should focus less on exercise variety.

We can also apply the principle to HIIT and much of training, you need to let go of the widely thought ideal relating to:

More Time spend exercising = Greater Results

More does not always equal more and in fact if you keep following that principle then you’ll most likely burn out, regress and ruin all the hard work you’ve put in.

Why work harder when you can work smarter? and achieve the same results or better.

Read my blog post “The 3 Horseman of Fat Loss” on HIIT, Carb Cycling and EPOC (Excess Post Exercise Oxygen Consumption) .
Don’t get me wrong if you don’t work hard then no exercise program will work for you but it’s about doing what’s effective.


That’s what my program The 21 Day Plant Powered Shred v2.0 is all about, effective workouts and nutrition to stimulate the body into working for us…train and eat Smarter not Harder, to find out more information or to sign up click here…

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