Keep it simple!RELATED: RECOMMENDED PLANS FOR YOU
We can become over specific and over technical very easily and this sends us down the bumpy road of muddled thinking, confusion and possible frustration at lack of progress. Over the years I have followed Microcycles in Mesocycles (plenty of information online). On reflection, the main conclusion I can draw is that you need two brains working on the same job! Yet as I spent recent weeks writing client and group programmes for the winter holidays I noticed how, without much obvious thought, the planning naturally covered the phases of training that benefit us most over a period of months.
Working with our natural rhythmsI don’t mean to sound boastful or that I’m a genius of some sort, it simply underlines how we naturally adopt the patterns and rhythms that are best for us anyway. If we are to fall off the wagon with our exercise routine as a result of circumstances, injury, diminished interest or simple laziness, it is quite natural to feel a bit guilty and off the pace. But remember, any elite class athlete has downtime put into their training cycle and knows the benefits of quieter periods.
The progression pathProgress in fitness is best made with cycles of fast and furious and slow and subtle. Just as there should be peak and power training weeks planned, there are also recovery and regeneration times. If you feel like you’re plodding somewhat blindly and perhaps ineffectively with your training and unsure of what will pull you out of this exercise malaise, have a look at the training programme I provide in Part 2. They can put order into your training, shake things up a bit and build confidence that you really are working out effectively.
Look further aheadIt is best to look at months ahead rather than weeks. It might mean two cycles of six weeks of exercise for instance, rather than 12 weeks of full-on effort. Knowing when to slope off and build up makes all the difference to your progress and performance. For instance if there is an event ahead that you want to take part in, you’ll need to be at your best for that date and not be under-trained or, even worse, over-trained, used up and spent before it. For some, it might be simply being the best you can for the upcoming Christmas holiday season, or into the New Year with one eye already on Spring. For others it could be for a specific sport, activity or fitness challenge. Whatever the goal, breaking the training periods into sections makes for a healthy, injury free weeks and months and is the best route to the tip top condition you are seeking.
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