When discussion training, there are 4 essential elements to the puzzle. It is my goal in this article to introduce you to these elements and then, in 4 future weekly installments I will give you a detailed analysis of each of these elements.
This principle refers to the number of times a muscle group is hit each week. This is just one of the many variables that will be adjusted when changing your weight training program. The frequency variable also refers to how many times you train each week. It is a very important variable and changing it can have varying effects on your workout routine.
This principle relates directly to the number of sets and repetitions you should complete each workout. This is yet another variable that can be adjusted when you hit a plateau. Conventional wisdom says there are certain prescribed ranges that will build strength while there are others that will build muscle. In addition, there is the High Intensity Training (HIT) methodology that flies in the face of the conventional wisdom. It is a topic we will discuss in great detail when we get to this part of the series.
To me, progression is one of the key elements of training. This is where you push yourself to better and better numbers as you attempt to increase the load you are able to handle during a given workout. This is a variable that really lends itself to your future success in training.
This principle will change how your workout affects your body. It is something most people really don't understand, but think they do. I am going to reveal some secrets that will shake up your workout intensity at all levels.
Why the Elements of Training Matter
The Elements of Training are the keys to your success in weight training. They are the variables that can be adjusted to achieve various results with your training programs. A thorough understanding of these elements of training will take you a long way towards training success and the avoidance of poor gains.