Nuts and Bolts

I have been in the fitness business for a long time now (20 years this year). In that time I have seen and tried just about everything you can think of both good and bad.

When I first started training I used to sit around and try to design the perfect workout. I would arrange all the exercises in just the right order. I would make sure every single muscle was hit with the right amount of sets and reps. like many I was obsessed with being HUGE. I was determined to pack on slabs of muscle and was convinced the secret to doing so was in the creation of that elusive perfect routine.

Well…I was sort of right. There is, of course, a need to have the right routine for each individual. This is easier said then done however. Creating the perfect routine is not just a matter of which exercises in what order or how many sets and reps one should do. Nor is it determining how best to split up the body or perhaps to not split it up at all. Finally the perfect routine is not determined by how many days a week one trains or for how many hours one spends training during those days.

Creating the perfect routine requires one to take into account individual genetic limitations and abilities, needs, goals and preferences, as well as environmental influences. These elements must be looked at first and will then shape the nature of the Nuts and Bolts as I often refer to the actual exercise selection and application. Sure exercise selection is important as are the volume, frequency and intensity of your training. But without addressing the above factors you will never get the absolute most out of your training plan.

Please note that there is not really any magic in exercise selection. The important part is how you execute each individual exercise and how you manipulate your volume, frequency and intensity in relation to the above mentioned factors. This is the true meaning of applying the SAID principal to ones training. Once you are ready to apply a well thought out plan, then monitoring your results closely and making the proper changes is what will determine the ultimate outcome of your program.

So remember, the truth is that there is no perfect routine that will last forever. When you really address the elements listed above you realize that due to numerous factors our individual abilities, needs, goals and preferences, as well as environmental influences can and will change over time. If you spend all your time worrying about the Nuts and Bolts you may never get down to the nitty-gritty and start getting the most out of your training.

Pau for now.


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