18th July 2019

The Concept Of Training

People train to be fit for a multitude of reasons.  You may want to shed some pounds to be more healthy or to look good in your swimming costume for your summer holidays.  Equally you may be looking to PB in a given sport or achieve an outstanding goal.  The range of reasons and benefits to a well constructed fitness regime are endless.

Understanding how to be a good trainer is in itself a skill few people actually master.  Simply doing 3 sets of 10 of something and following a set programme will get you to a certain level, but will it tick boxes like balance, co-ordination or increase your aerobic threshold.  Similarly, it’s common to find endurance athletes trying to get better by doing mile after mile rather than stepping back and considering how an effective strength and conditioning programme might enable them to become more efficient.

I suppose it depends on our concept of health and what that means and how that effects the way we train.  Will running 100 mile races make us more healthy in our later years? Does training to the mirror and having a nice body mean that we can do functional tasks, which the body evolved to do, better?

For fitness you need strength, power, flexibility, balance and agility.  Focusing on one element won’t benefit you in terms of general health.  Basic things like economy of movement, flexibility, lifting and carrying should all be areas under consideration.

Moving back to the point of training.  Taking the above in to consideration will enable you to have an intelligent approach to training which invariably mean better nutrition, sleep and concentration.  At this point we can look at the final piece of the jigsaw the psychological aspect of training.  Why can two people use the same approach and have dramatically different results? Once you understand how to train well you then need to understand how to manage the workload, when to push and when to back off.  Have confidence in your approach and your ability.

They’re many aspects to an effective training routine but if we take a step back and ask ourselves if we are hitting our areas of fitness and is our approach correct and pragmatic you should be closer to achieving your goals.

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David Cropper