The Program Must Meet Your “Why”

Before you “Pimp” your training “Ride” make sure your trainer knows your “Why”

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Its seems like training fads, systems, or methods dominate in the world of fitness or sport conditioning these days, rather than the intent.

I am constantly witnessing programming that people are being fit into, rather than programming being created to support the objectives of the participant.

Imagine for a second that you were going to a car dealership to buy a car that you needed for your commute to work each day, an hour each way, basically alone, five days a week, every week for most of the year, in thick traffic!

Imagine now that after spending several hours at the dealership negotiating the price with the salesperson, you get to drive of the parking lot with your new gas guzzling, 4-wheel drive, jeep with manual transmission, jacked up shocks, off-road capability, and a piss poor stereo system!

Are you going to enjoy the commute, or are you going to get through it every day?

Now I’m not saying a pimped up jeep is a bad idea, not in the least, it just doesn’t fit the intention of the driver in this instance.

To me, this is what is happening in the training and performance marketplace, right now every day.

People are entering into gyms having personal goals and expectations, or maybe just a simple vision of where they’d like to be, and they are being plugged into high intensity training circuits, powerlifting programs, Olympic lifting programs, functional training programs, get after it training programs, and train until you puke programs.

Again, all of the above are great if the program meets the objectives of the client!

Worse still is that I see high performance athletes, with real and specific physical demands, being thrown into programs that serve their trainer more than serve them.

If you pimp your ride, you pimp it for a purpose.

Maybe your purpose is for it to look bad ass while you ride down the main drag, and that’s cool, or maybe your purpose is to drive it off road in one of the most demanding rally races on the planet, that’s cool too, but bottom line is you take it from stock to specialized with the intent of its use.

The same should be said of the training program you do.

What is your purpose and intent for entering into a training regime?

What do you, the client, want to do with your body?

Is the trainer interested in what you want to achieve, and what you need to accomplish, or are they intent on plugging you into their workout?

As an example, it has been known in the literature for quite some time now that in order to get the cardiovascular health benefits of exercise (ie your risk of heart attack and stroke reduced) you need only do 2–3 sessions of 20 minutes of moderate intensity exercise per week! So if that is all you’re after, then brisk walking three days a week is going to get you there along with a healthy diet.

If you want to lose weight, well, that’s a different story!

Now you need to burn calories, and build a bigger metabolic engine, and so you’ll need a more intense program with variability spread throughout the week, again, coupled with a healthy and individualized eating plan.

If you want finish a competition of some sort; Spartan race, Tough Mudder, triathlon, marathon, 10km race, or partake in a sport like soccer, hockey, basketball, etc. Then you need to have a clearly defined program that meets the physical demands of the particular sport or competition you are preparing to do, period!

Finally, if you want to win, be a champion, be world class, or make a living playing sports, well that’s another level again of preparation, programming, planning, individualization, and support.

A stock group training program is not going to get the job done!

Make sure the program you get is purposeful, intentional, and links to the objectives you’ve presented as paramount. Otherwise take your business elsewhere!

So before you pimp your training ride, make sure your trainer knows your “Why”.

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