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Structured training: a must or monotony?

December 21, 2018

Athletes can’t seem to agree. Some say that it is a must while it proves to be boring for others.


You probably have your own thoughts on this matter and you can see mine below.

1) Some people walk into a gym aimlessly, trying to figure out what exercise they should do. In order not to embarrass themselves, they copy what other (muscular) people are doing.

2) Some people think that exercising all parts of the body or trying out all the machines is the most “correct” way and therefore their conscience is relieved.

3) Some of these people have a program that they stretch like a rubber band thinking it is good forever. Or that the cost of the program alone is reason enough to make it last.

In doing so, they do not realize the mistakes they are making.

1) Demotivation slowly sets in, due to lack of interest because the results are no longer showing.

2) They comfortably settle into a comfort zone where progress stagnates, hence the frustration and disinterest.

3) Monotony, boredom, and rushed trainings begin before those people start skipping trainings altogether.

Obviously, that must change but HOW?

1) By refocusing on your objectives and your goal.

2) By doing an analysis of your progress from the beginning and the leveling off to date.

3) By going back to see your trainer OR by deciding to work with a trainer in the future.

You should choose a trainer that’ll work for you, not one that will make you look good or like a sports professional. A shoe may be beautiful, but it doesn’t mean it will fit. The popular trainer may or may not be right for you. Choose one you will trust and one you’ll be comfortable working with.

One fact remains, if you invest in your physical health, in this case a trainer, it’s best to choose someone who will understand you and listen to your needs. This is your life, your body and your wallet!!

Training programs take several factors into account:

1) The client’s short-, medium- or long-term goals.

2) Limitations or restrictions, if applicable.

3) The weekly frequency, the duration of the session and the intensity of the training.

4) The client’s personality, motivation, involvement and tenacity.

5) The type of work the client does and whether it causes stress.

6) The program should be built for the client specifically and therefore won’t be a reflection of other desires and goals. Every program should be different and tailored to specific needs.

Many inexperienced coaches make this mistake.

The program should be rigorous and professional but at the same time allow the client to keep FOCUSED and MOTIVATED to avoid falling into the trap of boredom and MONOTONY.

7) Trainings supervised by the coach can stimulate and challenge the client. A little pride has never hurt anyone. On the contrary, it is the “personal” kick that we give ourselves lol

8) The trainer should schedule regular meetings with clients to stay on course, tracking weight, measurements, % fat, and holding discussion and above all EVALUATIONS.

In short, the 3 rules to prevent monotony and a lack of motivation are avoiding the overtraining of certain parts of the body, especially at the expense of others (chest, arms, legs), avoiding boredom, and therefore avoiding becoming disinterested.

Bodybuilding and structured training programs are not only for those who want to be big and muscular and / or for the sports elite BUT also of those who want to take charge and improve their physical condition to perform better in their sporting discipline.

Strength training in this sense is a MUST for overall physical health.

There are a variety of program types but this is one that will surely meet the client’s goals, regardless of whether they’re related to power, strength and mass, or endurance.

These include super sets, varying tempos, regressive series, full body training, training by parts, etc.

Obvious, right? But it’s important to always bring it back to basics. Vet a day, Vet always

In short, it is not just the customer who has to refocus, re-channel their energy and become motivated. We as coaches must remain vigilant and maintain our creativity in the development of our programs to ensure the interest, loyalty and perseverance of our clients as well as their success in achieving their goals. It is our responsibility to ascertain these facts and to ask ourselves the following question:

Do my programs live up to the client’s interests, whatever they may be, and do they reflect the foundations of an individual’s physical and bio-mechanical health?

So, let’s reflect.

Coach Carole Déziel

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