Principles of Training.
So last week in the reading assignment for my ISSA Strength & Conditioning course, we covered the principles of training for long-lasting, injury-free fitness development. I thought I would share them here because even though a lot of them are common sense once you read them, there are some real gems and valuable information.
Principles of Training
1. Train the way the person wants their body to change.
2. Eat a well-balanced, high performance diet.
3. Establish realistic goals. (Link: Goal Setting).
4. Have a workout plan.
5. Train year round.
6. Get in shape gradually.
7. Do not train when ill or seriously injured. (Link: The Truth About Rehab).
8. Train first for volume (repetitions) and only later for intensity (weight/resistance).
9. Listen to the body. (Link: Listening to that Voice).
10. Vary the volume and intensity of workouts.
11. Work on weaknesses. (Link: The Secret to Really Getting Better).
12. Train systematically.
13. Warm-up and cool-down. (Links: Warm-Up & Stretching).
14. Train the mind to focus.
15. Listen to “Coach Pain”.
16. Learn all that is possible about exercise. (Link: Resources).
17. Have fun! Keep proper perspective.
Anything worth having in life is never easy, so although 17 principles may seem like a lot, they can serve as a guide not only for athletes, but for anyone looking to improve their health and fitness level. I won’t cover all of them in detail as I have already discussed some of these topics on my blog and elsewhere (the links are provided above), but I wanted to highlight one in particular: Have fun! Keep proper perspective.
This one has always been challenging for me, even when I was a young child. I have a hard time enjoying things that I’m not “good” at, so this is something I’m working on. New habits take time, and there may be little setbacks, but what a shame not to enjoy the journey.
So, have fun! Does that mean I loveee heavy back squats? High rep pull-ups? Not really 🙂 But I do love seeing my friends at the gym, and after being injured I sure appreciate being able to work out. Keep proper perspective. Especially with the CrossFit Open coming, people tend to be really hard on themselves this time of year! I know it’s hard not to get down sometimes after a bad workout or when things aren’t going well, but remember…