Why, when it comes to training less is actually more…….

By on May 13, 2014. Posted in . Tagged as , , , , .

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So surely the harder you train, the better your gains? The more weight you lift, the stronger you will get? The more volume you keep adding in, the bigger your base to work from?


What if I told you that most things you hear about planning effective training are lies, the articles you read on the internet are misleading, the Youtube warrior who has increased his squat by 50% in a year is probably chemically enhanced?


Let me tell you about your training without even knowing you…….. You start easy, maybe 3-4 days per week working for 45-60 minutes each time. You have some early success and your numbers shoot up, so naturally keen to maximise your gains you add either more sets, reps or increase total training time. You have even more success and the weights shoot up again and you repeat this cycle again and again and again.


A few months later your progress starts to stall, you even start to get weaker or worse in some areas and every sessions feels hard with very little reward. But you kept challenging your body so why didn’t it keep adapting? Why does what worked when you first started training no longer work?

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Recognise this pattern?

As soon as you start chasing constant improvement, always pushing to lift more, move faster or push for longer repeatedly week after week without backing off the body stops responding. You actually go into a mild state of overtraining which can take months to emerge from.

The key to constant improvement is to constantly back off every few weeks and capitalise on the gains made during hard training blocks.

Too often people associate improvements in physical condition only with improvements in training numbers, speeds, weights, distances etc. Surely if the same session repeated 3 weeks running gets easier each time with better technique and form then you have improved?


I’m not saying don’t ever push for numbers in training or don’t increase intensity/duration/volume. Just don’t be in a rush to do all of them at the same time! Remember improvements in training come in lots of forms such as recovering faster, not just key numbers! Also make sure that during every 12 week block of training at least 3 are spent well below your full capacity to allow the body to adapt and recover!!!


If you would like more information on how to structure an effective training programme please get in touch via the website and we will be happy to help.


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