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The Perfect Training Program!
By Doug Schurman, CSCS

Have you struggled with plateaus, suffered from lack of enthusiasm, or recently experienced a number of injuries? Are you tired of your workouts NOT taking you to the next level? Look no further. After years of training ourselves and hundreds of individuals we have found it. The perfect training program! Most trainees struggle to make consistent progress. We are here to change your world. Do you really have the desire to reach your goals? Only those who are serious should read on!

Why are you reading this? Don't tell me you believe there could be a "Perfect Training Program". I'm here to set you straight. Don't fall for fancy ads, beautiful pictures or amazing testimonials telling you that this one training program is the answer to all you desire. The fact is, you are not going to go from flabby to fantastic by doing the using the latest gadget for two minutes a day or some other ridiculous claim. Getting optimal results takes smart planning, dedication, and self-awareness.

Following the Training of an Elite Athlete

A big mistake people make is by reading about the training of their hero who is already at an elite level and trying to copy their training. First, if you're not at an elite level already you probably cannot handle the training of an elite level athlete. Second, each person is different and you all have unique needs regardless of your level in your sport or activity. Two people who can lead climb a 5.12 route may have very different strengths and weaknesses.

Training Variation

A training plan is only good if you are making progress. As soon as you are not making progress you need a change and usually by that point you have waited too long to mix things up. If you are new to exercise you may be able to make progress using the same program for 8 to 12 weeks. However, soon, you will need to change your program every 4 to 6 weeks. Eventually, your workout program should have small planned variations within each week along with changes from week to week. And after 3 to 4 weeks you'll need major a major overhaul.

Program Targets

A third mistake trainees make is lacking the understanding of what they specifically need to make improvements in their own workouts. Take a look at the following links for more advanced training options that might help you get better, targeted results:



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