5 Limitations of Fitness Programming - And How To Overcome Them

Ever gone to the gym and just done whatever you feel like doing? Yes? Me too! But that was way back before I achieved any results - and that was part of why I didn't achieve any. My training took on a 'hit and hope' or 'spray and pray' approach, and it was very ineffective. The problem always comes down to progression. To achieve results from your fitness endeavors, you must be following a progressive program. A program that increases in intensity, volume or frequency - in a sustainable way, long term - is the only way to compound adaptations so changes continually manifest, either in body composition and/or performance. Seems simple right? Far from it. Enter 'Fitness Programming'. Specific exercises, weights, sets, reps, tempos, range of movement performed with a specific intensity, volume and frequency.

While programming is an incredibly effective way to quantify, measure or govern our training, it can all get a bit confusing or worse... distracting. It would be foolish to go back to the stone age and train just on intuition, without having precise goals or aims, but we can certainly use more of our innate intuitive instincts to help us stay in the moment, and not be unwittingly controlled by the numbers on our program. See below for a few ways fitness programming limits us when it comes to achieving the very best results.

1. Gym Equipment

Gyms are equipped according to the clientele they cater to, as well as the kind of results they want. Leisure centers will have some standard resistance machines, with the main bulk of their equipment being cardio machines. The demographic is 'general population' who aren't interested in other forms of exercise. Super clubs will tend to have a huge range of equipment like weights, resistance and cardio machines as well as tracks, studios and funky monkey bar stuff, but no hyper specialised areas. A good bodybuilding gym will have many variations of exercises available with their equipment, which is usually specialised for isolating a select muscle group. I