Where exactly are you planning to go with that? 27/01/17


I ran a wee survey last night around Pure Gym Edinburgh West.  I was asking people what held them back from getting to the next level with their training.  Honestly I was hoping for physical stuff like sore backs and tight hips because that's an easy one to provide help with.

More or less everyone said they didn't know what they were supposed to actually do.  This is a little more awkward to answer. 

Depending on your specific goal in order to continue making progress in general with physique, sports performance and obviously strength it is necessary for you to make progress with your gym based training, the sets, reps and weight bit.  

Constantly working at the same level won't make you bigger, stronger or faster.  Losing weight while not maintaining or improving the level you work at means any 'weight' lost won't be 100% the kind you want to lose. 

So... in the gym you have to know where you are trying to get and apparently people don't know where this is or how to get there.

Five minutes into a Pure Pump class right after the warmup was finished I made something approaching a good point and thought that I could expand it into a post.

I pointed out that if we were going to do 500 reps over the 45 minute class and then added 1kg to either end of the bar for the next one (which you can't as we don't have plates that small) you would be making a 1000kg jump in training volume. A one ton increase.

This is not something you would be able to do often I promise you.  Yes, your body adapts to stress and weight training but not at that kind of pace.

This is where the maths bit comes in.  How can you build a series of workouts starting at your current level that get very very slightly more difficult at a pace your body can handle?

First pick an adaptation that fits your goal.  If you want muscle don't train to increase cardiovascular endurance.  If you try to train multiple things at once they will all suffer for it.

I try to make a point of teaching my students the why's of the numbers I give them on their programming.  Sometimes people seem to 'get it' fairly quickly but sensible planned training progressions are a mystery to many people.  This is a shame as once you are actually putting in the time to move about in a bunch of interesting and challenging ways and have good form with your lifts you need smart progressive programming to keep making real progress. 

There are tons of great programs and professions out there unfortunately there are also far more ridiculous ones designed to just be as hard as possible.  Steer clear of these. 

The easiest thing is to ask someone who has sorted many many programs out before.  As always if you want a consultation I'm happy to point you in the right direction. Just sign up or if you have already get in touch.

Richard Bath SFG1, FMS1



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