With our “Train Like Your Trainer” program starting next week, I’ve been reflecting on my personal workouts over the last 16 years and I’ve started to think about the common factors among the best workouts I’ve ever been through. By “best” I mean those workouts that stand apart from the rest in terms of intensity, challenge, focus, and fatigue. The list below sheds light on the commonalities in most of the best workouts I have ever experienced. Collectively, they serve as a guideline for productive training not only for me, but also for almost anyone interested in engaging in intense, evidence-based resistance exercise. Of course, this is not an all-encompassing list of evidence-based exercise tenets, but guidelines to maximize one’s individual workouts.
|Business and self-improvement authority, Brian Tracy asserts that long-term thinking and decision-making is the hallmark and commonality among all successful people. Certainly, this mindset lends itself to effective exercise. The commitment to "sustainable" or long-term resistance exercise is the cornerstone of an intelligent fitness prescription. Performed properly, resistance exercise mitigates chronic disease risk factors, reverses aging, and stimulates fitness improvements while minimizing injury risk. If you take a long-term approach to resistance exercise, I think the process should look like this:
Most importantly, the above process only works when it is built upon a foundation of evidence-based exercise. That is, the exercise prescription should be a representation of the preponderance of scientific research. This is the only way to guarantee safe and result-producing exercise. If you aren't using an evidence-based approach, you are just making it up as you go.
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