Give a never-changing plan
I posted this on the crossfit forum and a few people responded but it didn't really take off. Perhaps it is stupid and/or perhaps many of us are working on progressing in various skills so we don't think about maintenance.
Anyway, if you do think it is somewhat interesting, feel free to share your thoughts, here's the original post (with minor edits):
This is just a thought experiment to see what people think. Suppose you had a client/relative/friend/etc that knows he (or she) needs to workout, but they aren't "into it" the way crossfit people are (or other athletes for that matter). They wish to be in good shape (though not necessarily elite) but they are doing it to live longer, feel better, maintain muscle, keep a clear mind, etc. They don't particularly love it, though. They have discipline and will do what you say with the following rules:
1. they will work out five days/week (weekends off)
2. they will work out no more than 15min/day
3. they will do virtually any exercise you name
4. they will progress to a certain point, but don't have a desire for continuous progress, they are happy with maintenance
What number 4 means is that if they cannot currently do a task that you list, they will work until they can, but then not progress any further. As an example, say you tell them as part of their routine to squat 1x bodyweight for three sets of five. Perhaps now they cannot do that...they will work and progress until they can, but then they will stop once that goal is achieved and then do the required work, five days/week.
Obviously, this rule can be 'gamed' by saying something like squat 4x bodyweight, which could take a decade...but hopefully everyone understands the spirit of what I'm asking. Taking some time to get to an acceptable level of fitness is fine, but we are aiming for reasonable maintenance, not elite athletes.
In a similar vein, you can't have squats on monday, presses on tuesday, etc...the exact same thing will be done on all five days.
While this is mostly for fun, I could see certain people wanting something like this (I know people like this actually, they run 5mi/day and/or do 50 pushups and 50 situps or some such). Often they have a program that is less than ideal (aka LSD running) and you've been given the chance to 'make it right' so to speak.
This question was motivated by shovelglove.com (wfs), which is a pretty interesting solution to the problem (and his nosdiet is a neat idea also). He chose 14min (and gives a detailed explanation why) but I rounded up. He also went with 5days/week so I stuck with that. He is only doing one thing (though different motions), but you do not have that restriction.
You can have bodyweight stuff, KBs, running/sprinting, slow-lifts, o-lifts, etc...wide open.
If you think this is somewhat interesting, please let me know what your routine would be. Thanks...