Hey it's been awhile, maybe some of you remember I use to do this thing on the reg. In any case, how's it going everyone? Happy belated December to all, everyone in the northeast, get ready because yeah, it’s about to get a bit chilly. I had my first crying baby on a plane experience this past weekend. I’m not judging the parent because I’m not one and god knows how good or bad I will be at it. With all that said, thank god, I had headphones and something enjoyable to listen to, others weren’t so lucky.
I’ve gotten this question, or variation, a couple of times over the years and got it again recently. I may or may not have hit on points like this before, but at the expense of landing in Redundancyville we’re going to get into this anyway.
The subject we’re getting into here is progressions and pregressions (<-borrowed term), when, where, how and all the in between for working out and training.
Pretty much every exercise and drill you see out there can be made easier or harder. Harder isn’t always better either so let’s dismiss that notion right now. A good coach/trainer likely has a list that they go by and base their exercise selection off of. Let’s talk about the basics of why an individual might land on a certain progression. These are in no particular order, they all play a part;
Really, I could make this list pretty damn long, but those are the basics that determine who winds up doing what. Full disclosure right here, I use to be a coach that would program a round hole for a square peg, and I did not follow a few of the above rules very well. Not the way to go about it, being super dogmatic like that is just plain silly and asking for trouble. Case and point have a look at this post from a few months ago.
Just as there are reasons to progress and pregress certain movements, there are definitely reasons to not. The best and most often occurring reasons I've come accross are;
Client: Hey I saw this exercise my friend/person I'm stalking was doing on Instagram, I want to do it. *Shows trainer video of said exercise*
Trainer: *Looks at video and eyeballs start to burn* No I'm not letting you injure yourself for the sake of coolness, you'll thank me later.
These are all guidelines for the most part, because from person to person, that old answer comes up, IT DEPENDS. It's not a sexy answer and that's not what most people are looking to be told, but it's the truth. Even if you never want to hire a coach or a trainer, I encourage anyone looking to get (back) into training, fitness and working out, get a movement assessment or screen. Your Globo Gym, trainers don't do them? Find someone that does. There are tons of coaches that are really smart out there that do them. and well Yes you might have to pay, but it'll help make those workouts more effective and appropriate, you may even learn a thing or two, which is what we coaches are hoping for really. This is especially for you New Year's Resolutioners out there. Something like this could be what helps you get through that 6 week block everyone seems to slam into after the first of the year.
Hope this answers the question, and it didn't seem to redundant from things I've posted before. Have a good day all, go out and get after it.
Jarrod Dyke, CSCS