You Should Do Everything I do… Right?
NO – Unless your goal is to become stronger, increase lean body mass, and become an elite powerlifter (goals!), my program can’t be your program. As individuals, we have our own goals, limitations, and needs. What works for me may not work for you. Sure, the same principles can be applied, as they should be, but your program may or may not mirror my program. If I decided that everyone should train just like me, I would not only be setting myself up for failure but I would also be setting up my athletes/clients for failure. A soccer player and a football player will not have the same program just because they are both athletes who might want to become stronger and faster. Different sports, different energy systems, different movements. Just like a person who wants to run a marathon and a person who wants to competitively run 5k won’t have the same program. Are similar movements used, yes. Are similar training principles applied, yes. But are they the same, not exactly.
So what do you need to set yourself up to succeed?
A program that considers and is catered to your goals long term and short term, addresses your limitations (injuries, time restrictions, schedule, daily stressors), and includes something you enjoy. Yes – a training program can be enjoyable, provide you with a purpose, and make you want to stick with it.
Follow the program to a T – Will you have ups and downs, yes, but when you do pick right back up and keep going. You cannot truly evaluate the success of program unless you make a valid effort to follow each and every step from start to finish.
Track your progress along the way based on your ability to successfully hit your short term and long term goals each week (projected weight lifted, miles ran, # of workouts completed).
For advanced tracking, track your sleep patterns, food consumption (macros, calories, pre/post workout meals), energy at the start of each day or pre/post workouts, fatigue during your workouts. This will help you understand where adjustments can be made to better your progress throughout. Keeping a diary can be so helpful when looking back.
At the completion of the program, evaluate your progress/accomplishments based on the question – Did you follow the program to a T? If not, where did you miss? If you did and you gave 100% effort, you can decide whether or not it was a successful program. The success of a program is based on your effort, not the set up of the program itself as long as the program was developed using sound and proven principles to attain the goals you set out for. Know why your doing what you are doing and if you or the coach you are working with can’t answer this – it’s probably not a valid.
Now get out there and squash some goals! From the weight room to the field to work – make everyday count.
RTBP – “Strength Builds Confidence”
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