Simple training = better results

People are always looking for that new class or type of training to try. However, your end goal will always stay the same but some of the training techniques won’t get you to where you want to be. It’s better to keep to a consistent simple training plan that is progressive. We are in a time where there is so much choice and not enough information on what actually is going to work for you. So you go out seeking something new and exciting every 3 weeks. Not giving your body enough time to adapt and change to the plan you are currently on.

Aspects of a simple training plan

As a Weybridge based mobile personal trainer my simple training plans consists of fundamental movements. They are the following:

  • Push
  • Pull
  • Hinge
  • Rotation
  • Carry
  • Jump
  • Balance
  • Cardio based technique

These fundamental movements are what need to be in your training programme to make sure it’s balanced.  A balanced training plan will make sure you are getting the results you are working towards. Knowing that you have all of these in there will give you progression as a human and as an athlete.

What to focus your movements on

  • Specific movements – Choose the movements that you like and programme them into your regime. Making sure that there are balanced between the fundamentals. Have specific reps, sets and rest to focus towards the outcome you are striving for.
  • Gradual Overload – Overload your lifts over time so that you can see the gradual increase in the amount you can lift and for how many reps. Overload can also be used for the tension or tempo of the movement for certain progressions of body explosiveness. In areas that you might be lacking power or strength.
  • Slow Progression – Your progression is personal to you and therefore you determine how long it’s going to take you to progress. If you want to spend longer on a specific lift to get used to it more are a certain weight, then you determine that progression.
  • Keep it going – This is a personal progression and you go at the pace that suits you. However, don’t stop and weight for it to happen by itself. It wont happen without you putting in the effort and you will start to loose whatever you ave built up if you stop.

Why simple training?

If you are looking at training in this way then you want someone to programme your progression. For myself I overload my lifts by 2kg per week. However, sometimes I do that over two weeks so that I can progress in a way that is in line with my own time line. For me it’s about staying strong and healthy but training a way an athlete trains for an outcome without a timeline. Whereas, for an athlete or a client of mine it might be for an event or next years season. So they are under a timeline.

I can take this timeline and I can calculate how strong they should be progressing over the time training with me. I will also be able to predict how strong they will be. This means I can minimise the amount of injuries that could occur by overloading the body at the correct rate and going through the specific time frame that is suitable for that individual.

This can be done with any sort of training for any sport and even weight loss. For example, you want fat loss to be at a gradual progressive rate to minimise relapse of gaining that fat back again after you have lost it.