5 Basic Training Principles You Need To Revisit
If you don’t know by now (but we’re guessing you do) then you’ll know the importance of getting the basics right. These initial skills are the foundation of your training program and are key in becoming stronger, faster and generally more awesome. Yes, the basics are boring and over-repetitive, but you need do them. If not, you’ll be putting your health at serious risk and hindering your chances of reaching optimal performance.
Over at Breaking Muscle, they have a great article which revisits some fundamental training principles. Some of them you may have forgotten about or possibly not even thought of before:
1. You Need To Go Home, Not Hard
I’m going to put this out there – more often than not, athletes go hard when they should really go home. Just go home. And I’m not saying never push beyond the limit. Sometimes you need to find out where your limits are.
2. You Need Coaching
Everyone needs coaching. Groove in poor movement patterns and they are a pain in the ass (probably literally in the case of squats) to re-groove. Fail to utilize your core and posterior chain correctly, and your body will find other, dysfunctional ways to do so.
3. You Need To Keep Your Programming Simple
My most successful strength-building periods are those where the programming is super simple. And that applies to programming for my athletes, too. Quitting simple approaches in favour of fancy variations is leaving gains on the table.
Make sure to check out the post and see if any of them apply to you. The chances are at least one of them will. After that, it’s about addressing the problem right now, because nobody else is going to do it for you.
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About Matt Lawson Matt Lawson is a UK based sports journalist who covers all the latest football (soccer) news and matches for the Press Association. A keen Newcastle United fan, Matt is usually found either watching or playing the beautiful game.