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​​​​​​​When should you progress your training?

Categories: Exercise, Goals

You’ll only ever make improvements in your training if you strategically progress it at points during your programming.

We can all be guilty of only doing exercises we like doing, especially when planning our own training or finding generic exercises on YouTube which anybody can do.

Your training needs to be relevant to what you want to achieve. This way you know when you should be looking to make changes to your training plan.

Have a think about what training phase you’re in, for example endurance or strength this will help to identify how many reps, sets and rest you’ll be working towards. Usually these phases last for 3-4 weeks and then you’ll want to progress and challenge the exercises more.

You’ll find if you stay in the same training phase for a prolonged period of time you’ll plateau. This could mean you stop noticing an increase in strength, muscle, weight loss or times in your runs.

Even planning your weekly training programmes, keep a log of what you’re lifting and runs, cycles or swims you do. Every few weeks you want to see a steady increase in the weights you’re using or times of your running. I recommend if the last few of a set feel the same as the first few it’s time to change the weight you’re using. However it is vital that your technique stays perfect.

This is why having a theme to your training or following the same programme for a set amount f time means you can specifically track what training you’re doing and make the relevant adjustments when you need to.

What do you use to track your training?