Consider these four often forgotten but important principles of workouts that get results over a lifetime. Is there something missing in YOUR workout program or has it gong AWAL? Are you getting exhausted, broken-down, injured and frustrated or are you getting fitter for life?
Workouts should do more than just make you sweat or wear you out! If that is your standard for judging the success of a workout then you are truly missing out on some vastly important principles that get sustainable results. Here are 4 important principles to consider:
- Does your program help you move well? Your movement quality should improve over time. We are sometimes over focused on sets and reps that we lose sight of movement quality. Building a better foundation of movement quality over time will help you walk/run better, move faster, jump higher, lift more weight and function better in every aspect of life and sports.
- Are you pain free? We shouldn’t be “toughing it out” through life or workouts. Exercise shouldn’t give you chronic pain and we don’t want your “pain tolerance” in get better by working out either. We want your training to help you move without pain and to know how to move more confidently.
- Do difficult things get easier over time? Training should be accomplishing the goal of making something difficult become easier. You should see growth in any of these areas; volume of weight moved, improved mindset to a task, improved endurance or the feeling that tasks are easier in some way.
- Is there good variation? As in life, there should be variety or ups and downs in your program. Examine your current program for variety in speed, intensity, movement, exertion, time, areas of body, sympathetic/parasympathetic work, patterns, phases, etc. As with anything, our bodies get efficient with the same approach and then stop changing or getting new results. But don’t confuse variety with inconsistency. Using a well-rounded phased approach over the months to provide consistency and variety within each phase will help you progress to amazing new heights over the years.
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