Ok so you have decided to start a new training program, what are the essential things you need to know and factor in you new training schedule? Whatever might be your reason for start with a new strength training program, be it to gain strength, to boost self confidence, to ease day-to-day activity, to prevent injury, to improve your posture, or perhaps to perform better at a particular sport. No matter what’s you final goal, it is very important to understand and map out the training program before you hit the gym. Any training plan should address the following:
- You goals.
- Understanding the physiology behind the training.
- Understanding of how human Psychology plays a role.
- Fundamentals of nutrition.
- Planning you work out.
Thought this series of blogs, I will be addressing each of the steps separately on a weekly basis. To start with I will take about the importance of understanding and setting up your long term goals.
Still think a training program is one size fit all deal? Thing again, a training program that is best suited for you, will depend on how clearly you understand your goals, where you stand right now and who you are. Two individuals in all likelihood will respond to the same training regime differently, the program that’s best suited for you will depend on the following factors:
- Chronological age: age in years.
- Biological age: age in relation to physical maturity, especially important if you are in your teens.
Training age: age in terms of the experience you have training with weights and sports in general.
Emotional maturity: Ability to concentrate during training and the mind set to understand that results vary for each individual.
Gender: Both the genders respond differently to strength training.
Physical capability. Depend on the genetic build-up and of the individual’s training history (degree to which once skills and fitness has developed).
How genetics plays a role in individual’s response to training? Some individuals see quicker gains in strength and muscle growth than others.
Life style: the degree to which training programmer can be fitted into the lifestyle outside the gym. Remember that rest as well as nutrition are equally important.
The first thing one should do is clearly outline and understand ones goals. This is vital in developing an effective and result oriented training program. Having a thoroughly mapped out training program and the understating of the basic principals will help you achieve your goals in the long run.