Keeping It Simple
Cool is cool. But effective is effective
Even those who LOVE training in and within itself, you can rest assure that we all decide to train for the benefits.
Before I give tips on what to keep in mind when creating your own effective program, I highly recommend going to a qualified coach or trainer to get you squared away. I cannot fix a laptop nor do I have the time to learn how. So I take it to a shop. The same goes for your body, speak to a trainer or a coach to see what the best options are for you. I am not too shabby myself so you can contact me if you're in this category.
Otherwise, here are 5 tips to get you moving the right way to keeping it simple.
1. Set a Goal
You can't shoot a target without having one to shoot at in the first place. While I strongly believe in setting challenging goals, these goals should also be realistic.
2. Fully Commit
You can have the best program in the world but you do not fully commit to it, you will never reaped the benefits.
3. Limit Movement Selection
Seeing 15 different exercises to be done in one day can be fairly dizzying and far from efficient. Select your major compound movement you plan for the day, and subsequently add 3-4 more accessory movements. For example, if I plan to train legs I would select a squat movement as my primary exercise and add another quad dominant movement with two other hamstring dominant exercises. That's it and train those movements efficiently.
4. Provide Load
Granted that you can do a movement through full range of motion, you should be increasing your resistance or difficulty on a week by week basis with a subsequent recovery period.
5. Stick To The Plan
Once you have a solid program, you will not know the benefits in one week. It usually takes 6-8 weeks to know what will and will not work for you. After you have finished your training program, you can adjust to see what will and will not work for you to push further.
These are the outliers that provide to a solid program. Each person has different goals, structural needs, and current capabilities that have to be considered. This is why one size fits all programs typically are not the best for your results. If you're applying the five tips I provided above with full effort, I can assure you that the odds are in your favor to see the results you seek.