I’m reading ‘THE 4HR BODY’ and author Tim Ferriss brings up many interesting concepts.  One that I immediately grabbed on to was the concept of MED: Minimum Effective Dose.  Simply defined the MED is the smallest dose that will produce a desired outcome.  Anything beyond MED is wasteful.  The idea of MED hit me like a ton of bricks.

Tim discovered this concept from Arthur Jones, an influential figure in the exercise science world.  Another important concept from Dr. Jones: “It is impossible to evaluate, or even understand, anything that you cannot measure.”  Ton #2 was just dropped.

Let’s first take a look at how MED applies to golf.  Very simply, do what you need to do to get results, AND NO MORE.  Not because you don’t want to work hard, but because that extra work doesn’t produce any results. As a matter of fact, that extra work will probably begin to negate the results you just achieved and to add injury to insult, you just put yourself at risk of injury when you go beyond what you need to do.    For example, golfers are always surprised when I recommend just 1-3 speedball sessions per week and very short sessions at that.  I had to find out the hard way how MED works.  It works like this:  you don’t really increase speed by adding another workout and over time this can lead to injury.

The hard part about MED is acceptance.  We live in a culture where we think that if a little is good, then more is better.  But…less IS more.  Especially if you have a real job and a real life.   You can feel good about getting results in less time.  

In parts 2 and 3, we’ll look more at MED and also the idea of measurement (if you’re trying to increase CHS, you can’t miss this one)

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