Updated: Jan 3
When I first became qualified as a personal trainer I set my clients simple programmes (squat, hinge, push, pull).
As I became more experienced I began to make the programmes more complex.
Over even more time my knowledge and experience increased and I found myself going back to simple programmes (squat, hinge, push, pull).
The difference this time is I have a far greater understanding and appreciating for the movements.
Moral of the story is you can't beat the basics and you can only acquire experience through time.
I am not saying that there isn't a place for more complex training programmes but for the majority of people who want to train it just isn't required.
This is what will deliver results:
Movement Efficiency - The better technique you have the more weight you are able to lift with less risk of injury. This is achieved by performing the same exercises again and again, not by changing your exercises up every week.
Progressive Overload - Performing the same movements every week allows you to track your progress and try to do a little bit better each week. This could be by increasing the weight or even just performing once extra rep.
Adherence - The more simple a programme is, the more likely you are going to stick to it. Not having to learn to many new movements at once and seeing progress in your strength will only help increase motivation!
Enjoyment - If you don't enjoy your programme, you are not going to stick to it. How many times have you walked out the gym early and not completed your workout because you are fed up of having to wait for a certain machine to become available. The four basic movements (squat, hinge, push, pull) don't require any fancy equipment and can be performed with just a few weights.
There is no need to try and reinvent the wheel. Just keep doing what works and the results will follow!
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