How to get the results you want

Jun 29, 2015

I’m in the gym for long periods of time.  I watch other trainers.  I’m not talking about form here; bad form is easy to spot and when I see a trainer watching their own client practice bad form over and over again, it makes me angry.  Good form is the one thing that a trainer should know.  Sadly, in my experience, a lot of trainers don’t know it and they are slowly injuring their clients.

But I’m not talking about form in this blog.  I’m talking about program development.  That’s hard to judge because you never know where a client started or what their goal is unless that client is your own.

But I do judge!  I can’t lie.  I try not to, I hate myself for it, but I continue to judge.  And I see a lot of trainers who rely on what I call “smoke and mirrors” to impress their clients and make them think they’re getting a good workout.  I’m talking about trainers who suspend their clients in midair in order to do a regular plank.  Or have them balance on one foot on a BOSU ball while they do a squat and a bicep curl at the same time.  

I used to do stuff like that.  Like I said, I can’t lie.  I was young and stupid.

Let me tell you something: there are no new exercises.  If your trainer is inventing new moves, your trainer is lost.

The key to getting to your goal is PROGRESSION.

And that leads me to my point in this article.  Take your exercise routine and think about it in 4-week blocks.  Strive to improve every week by doing a little bit more work each week.  After four weeks, it’s time to evaluate what you did, and it’s probably time to dial back the intensity for a week, also.  

A quick example of what I mean: if, in week one on Monday you did 4 sets of 10 squats with no weight, then the next week you should strive to do more.  You can do that in a number of ways:

add another set, so 5 sets of 10 (*if you add a set and do 5 sets of 8, however, that’s till 40 total squats.  You haven’t done more!)

add reps, so 4 sets of 12

add a little weight and still do 4 sets of 10  

Apply this principle not just to one exercise but your whole routine.  I promise you, results will follow!

Any questions, feel free to ask in the comments below!

–Steve


 

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