Definition- “The Pareto principle (also known as the 80–20 rule, the law of the vital few, and the principle of factor sparsity) states that, for many events, roughly 80% of the effects come from 20% of the causes.”
Often people do the opposite and focus on the little things that make very small if any difference to their end goals.
I have compiled a short list of both the important 20% things that has the biggest determining factor to your physique & another list of less important factors. That’s not to say the second list doesn’t have its place however quite often people are obsessed with the second list without nailing the basics in the first list.
The Important few (The big 20%) :
-Energy balance (at the 24 hr mark)
-Total macro nutrient intake (Protein, carbohydrate, Fat intake), fibre & micro nutrient intake
-Progressions within the big compound movements (squat, dead lift, bench press) or variations of the previous exercises.
Less important factors, that have there place in certain circumstances but less of an importance to the above. Some I have added that are completely not necessary:
- You obsess over meal frequency, yet you don’t track your macro nutrient intake.
- Nutrient timing (unless you are training 2 x per day).
-Obsessiveness over functional training e.g. rolling around on bosu balls, exercises balls etc.
-Direct abdominal Training
- Spending more time on isolation exercises than compound movements.
- Obsessiveness over the timing of your post workout meal.
-You obsess over the pump & neglect progressive overload.
To conclude re-evaluate what you are doing, focus on the important big few, then once you have that nailed start dabbling in some more advanced methods, if any.