We've all been there haven't we?
The hottest new workout by our latest Strength Guru plastered over the internet. Even though we're already following a plan we think, "Let me give that a go" or perhaps we mentally book mark the program for later."
I know that I've certainly been guilty of that in the past.
But rather than hopping from program to program and blindly following the latest Iron Guru, by undrstanding fundamental principles of weight training, we can cut out the guess work.
Different stressots to the muscles and tissues of the body result in different adaptations to how the muscle performs and what it looks like.
Below is an meme that I put together to summarise the rep ranges, percentages and rest periods for strength training.
So now that we've got that covered, you're probably wondering which exercise you should be doing.
That's a good question. With all the possible movement that the human body is capable of, which weight training exercises yield the best results?
After all, judging by all the articles churned out every month by the fitness magazines, and the amount of training books available, there are literaly hundres of different exercises that you can do. Hell, Anrold Schwarznengger even wrote an encyclopedia about it!
But we don't need that many.
Our training program will consist of far fewer exercises.
Here are some fundamental principles that I found have served me well over the years. Here's a clue,
Make Movement Quality Your Priority.
The main movement patterns that you want to consider are
If your training program consists of all these movement then you are pretty much set. You are creating a solid strength base, and settting yourslef up to be one badass mofo (real talk).
Sure, you can chuck in other exerrcises that cover different patterns, if they are adding to your strength and wellbeing, but these are just the trimmings - they are not the main course.
Remember to ask yourself,
Then you will have your answer to see if the exercise is valid or not.
Principles over method.