From spending hours in the gym every day, I am able to observe many people training either by themselves or with a personal trainer. There are definitely some proficient trainers, but there are also many that appear clueless and outdated in their training approaches. Almost just making it up as they go along!?
It’s called exercise science for a reason! There are scientific principles that should be applied to develop a strength-training programme for an individual. Important considerations include, but are not limited to:
- Training history,
- Athletic capabilities, and
- Training preferences.
Exercise technique is important to maximise results and minimise the potential for injury. However, this seems to be mostly ignored by those in the gyms. Time and again I see the most odd “exercise” movements being invented and I struggle to fathom how and why this is happening!? It’s certainly very creative, but much of it is practically useless when trying to achieve strength and physique goals.
And this is what I see from trainers and people considered to be in good condition! You may assume that someone who is in good shape must know what they are doing… This is sadly not true! Some people are simply genetically blessed and were in good shape even before they walked into a gym. These are the same people who tend to get great results even whilst training “badly”. And never forget that some use performance-enhancing supplements and/or drugs to get the results that they do.
The Bottom Line is that copying someone who is already in shape is generally a bad idea, because you cannot be sure of how they got there. If you are not genetically blessed you will need to have an individually-structured and optimised training programme relevant to your goals and abilities. A training programme that is based on the scientific principles of strength training. And unfortunately if you don’t approach your training in this way – nothing is going to change! You’ll simply be “spinning your wheels” and ultimately be getting nowhere, and then it really is only a matter of time until you give up.
It’s important to remember that at the end of the day, the MOST IMPORTANT factor of any training programme is personal preference. In other words, the optimal programme for you is the one that will actually want to do and be able to stick to in the long run. If this sounds interesting let’s get together and have a chat, and together we can develop an individualised training and nutrition programme that works for you.
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