One Size Fits All Workout Plan

One Size Fits All Workout Plan

📅December 2nd, 2014, 13:25

As athletes, we often condition ourselves over years of training to follow a very specific workout plan. Regardless of the sport you play or the event you’re training for there are patterns in training that have worked for many, so we tend to stick to a one size fits all approach to writing a workout plan whether we have a coach, find something that has been written in a book or magazine, or write it ourselves.

Regardless of how a workout plan is built, it’s common to fall prisoner to weekly routines, patterns that may have worked in the past, or things we see the people around us doing. But what happens when what you’re doing isn’t working for you anymore? Maybe you experience symptoms of overtraining syndrome from packing on too much volume too quickly or you start to experience nagging injuries that plague your athletic performance (which if this is the case, you should definitely stop by and see us as that’s what we’re here for!).

It’s likely that we have all been taught somewhere along the way that when we start to experience these symptoms it’s time to back off of what our training plan tells us and re-evaluate. But, with the drive to become a better athlete and with big goals standing in front of us, it can sometimes be difficult to take a step back from what we think should be working for us to and re-evaluate.

If you find yourself in any of these traps, the most important thing to remember is that there is no such thing as a one size fits all workout plan. What does this mean? Well, what worked for you 5 years ago may no longer be what works for you in the present. The 5 steps to better abs article you found in a magazine may work for some, but may not be the best workout plan for you.

Start to be aware of your body’s internal alarm system and adjust workout days accordingly. Rather than writing a hard plan for an entire season, break your training in to smaller, more manageable chunks with natural recovery periods and time built in to rest and re-evaluate before moving forward. It’s always better to show up on game day a little undertrained than to find yourself overtrained or injured to the point of not being able to compete at all.

Listen to advice from coaches and other athletes, but remember that at the end of the day, no one is aware of exactly how your body is adapting to the work you’re doing but you. Take what still works, play with new information, and create the best plan for you. The more you are willing to adapt your training while listening to your body, the more likely you are to show up at game day faster, stronger and hungry to compete.