5 Steps To Discovering Your Perfect Training Program
There is no one program that is perfect for everyone. There are just too many variables - body type, height, genetics, metabolism, recovery rate, mind set, individual biomechanics, joint + ligament health, joint size, injuries, and many more. The best program for you is the one that adheres to your individual needs, your goals, starting point, body type, personal preferences and so on. If you are tall with tight hip flexors, it might not be suitable for you to have say Back-Squats in your program, as you'll be better suited to a Leg Press or Squat variation like the Hack-Squat or Machine-Squat. What you can be sure of is that there is a perfect program out there for you, and it may look slightly different from others, but it will be designed to change occasionally in order for you to keep progressing. So what can you do to find out which methods will suit you right now?
1. Assess Your Current Status
This is hard, being honest with yourself is tricky - 'am I still a beginner?', 'am I advanced?' , 'I'm not that fat am I?', 'I am seriously advanced... right?'. Well, here's the thing - the more honest you are about your current status the more realistic and productive your program is going to be. It has nothing to do with how long you have been training or how lean you are, and everything to do with how far you've progressed. Some people can train for 3 years and get good improvements in muscle size and shape, then another 3 years with little to no further improvement, so after 6 years of training they might still be an intermediate - some other people can train for longer and still remain even a beginner. It doesn't matter where you are, as long as the acknowledgement is there you can start moving forward immediately. 'Do I go straight into complicated movements? Or do I master the basics before I try doing something more advanced?' Be honest, and the truth shall set you free.
2. What Training Exercises Will Be Appropriate For My Progression?