Training For Your Goals…Or Not

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Most everyone wants to lose weight, build muscle, get stronger, get faster, jump higher, etc. Unfortunately, exceeding at these training goals requires specific programming. An individual would not eat the same way to gain weight as they would to lose. That person must choose to stay in a calorie deficit or surplus to reach their specific goals. Exercise selection is much the same way, your choices will yield different outcomes.

To make a basketball analogy, one does not get better at free throws by practicing defensive drills, 3 pointers, and layups. They get better at free throws by practicing free throws.

If one of your training goals is to become a powerlifter and lift as much as you possibly can then your training should revolve around heavy weights and low but explosive volume. You will not get much stronger pushing weights that you can handle for 20+ reps.

For most of the general population gym goers, all these specific goals sound great but in reality their training goals should center around a well rounded routine that has a nice mixture to keep them engaged and motivated. Often with general population clients it’s a matter of staying engaged, having some variety in a workout, etc… The best workouts are the ones that you look forward to doing and completing. The most structured programming in the world is good for nothing if the client isn’t driven to complete it.

If, by chance, you have the time and drive to dedicate towards a very specific goal then by all means go for it.


About the Author:

Taylor Carpenter is a nationally Certified Personal Trainer, Corrective Exercise Specialist, and Fitness Nutrition Specialist through the National Academy of Sports Medicine. Taylor was featured as a fitness expert in the first publication of NASM's "The Fitness Edge".
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