I was also going to title this post “Every Athlete’s Needs are Different”.
In this post I am going to talk about:
– there is no one-size-fits-all program out there. (Don’t trust anyone who tries to sell you on it.)
– analyze yourself and see what you are lacking
– focus on improving and getting closer to your goal
– adjust the training to fit your lifestyle
There is no one size fits all approach to training
Every person is different. Every body is different. For example some people are naturally strong but slow, some are flexible and not very strong.
You need to analyze where you are at and where you want to go. What’s your goal? Ok and where are you now?
From there you can work on the specific things that will improve you and get you closer to your goal.
From age 18 to age 25 I used to lift heavy weights for low reps (ex. squats, bench, deadlift, press, 3 sets of 5 reps or 3 reps).
After all those years I became a pretty strong kid. My goals now are to excel at my sport (brazilian jiu jitsu). Being stronger is not the most productive thing for me anymore.
I actually noticed a big improvement in my performance when I focused more on high repitition bodyweight exercises. It improved my endurance and I was able to perform better in live drills and competitions.
I knew where I wanted to go (win bjj competitions) and knew what I had to do to get there (strength is already fine, improve cardio and technique).
Once you start focusing on the RIGHT THINGS you will improve at a much faster rate.
Adjust Your Training to Fit Your Lifestyle
Most of us are not professional athletes who can train all day and not have other jobs. We have full time work. So we have to train whenever we have time.
This is another reason why cookie cutter approaches don’t work because we all have different schedules and goals. We will workout differently. You just have to make it work for you.
This is one of the things that I feel makes me a good trainer is being fluid and adapting to each client. I look at what the client needs, what he or she likes doing and try to incorporate that as much as possible into the training.
I also look at their lifestyle and daily routine so that we can make little tweaks to the diet and exercise times to get to our goal a little faster.