Saturday, 3 January 2015

Structure and Progression

One of the two most important components of effective training is structure and progression. Unfortunately this is what is lacking in most people’s training, and this is one of the reasons most people don’t get results in the gym. The way the average Joe approaches training is like the lottery, they do random exercises (without paying attention to correct exercise choice, weights or reps) hoping that something they do will give them results. Unfortunately, it doesn’t work that way. I can’t tell you how many people I’ve talked to, who go to the gym, who repeat the same thing over and over again but don’t know why they are doing it, or how much weight or reps they did last time. Or they might be following a generic program from some magazine, again with no idea why they are doing those exercises, or what weights and reps they are doing each session. Most people think as long as they train themselves to the ground they will get results. Well all of this will only get you so far. What these people lack is a structured progressive training plan specific to their goals
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You wouldn’t start a new business venture without a business plan, taking into account costs, obstacles, steps...doing this would likely result in failure. Yet why would you approach training the same way? Initially you might get minor results doing random stuff but that is mostly because you are going from:

Structure and Progression


And that is a big step.

And it amazes me how some people spend hours a week in the gym for many years, putting all that time and effort exercising without getting results. Basically people are spinning their wheels and getting nowhere when what they really need to do is to start a structured, progressive training plan. Routines are called routines for a reason, you follow a set exercise order to reach a goal.

Action Steps:

First you need to have a specific measurable goal, then you need a routine specific and personalised to your needs and goals. That routine needs to be structured and progressive. Structured means it needs to be organised so the exercise choice matches your needs/goals, it is in the correct order and it serves a very specific purpose within a program. Second, progressive means that you need to track your training so that you are consistently doing more than your previous session and therefore getting better and better. Adding these two basic but essential steps to your training will dramatically improve your results.  

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