How specific is your training?

There are many elements to fitness. At one end of the scale is the endurance and capability of an ultra endurance runner, the other end being a one off lift performed by a powerlifter. Most of us fit into neither category, but the important part is using our training time wisely.

It’s a common mistake to stray off course, one way or the other. Some programs, for example set gym programs, get us hitting very specific movements in a specific way. Although this may be enjoyable for some with good progress, we do need to assess whether it is too limiting.

The fix: Add other elements to these workouts. Don’t go out and lift the same every time or run the same route at the same pace. Develop all areas, work shorter durations to develop more power/ speed or for longer to develop more endurance. In lots of cases working on elements like balance, skill and flexibility can yield better gains.

Conversely, some training programs can be too vague, in fact they may not even be programs at all. They may just be general attempts at fitness! This is all good, and whatever keeps us motivated is a good thing.

The fix: Be more specific of course. If it’s for general fitness this is fine, so consider experimenting with different elements such as strength or balance. Try new things, even new sports or events, which can often give some more specific focus to training sessions.

Most importantly our mindset and motivation will drive all of our sessions and results. A focused training program will change this massively. Enjoy!

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