Programming is Never Set in Stone

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A few weeks ago I was talking with a fellow lifter and I asked how her training was going. Her response wasn’t what I expected, she said that she hasn’t been lifting like she wanted because every time she was in pain. She said that it was the “I’m injured” pain and not the “oh I’m sore” pain. The conversation went and we started talking about her program and she said that she thinks that it was too much volume/intensity for her

Well, I’m here to tell you guys that programming is never set in stone. World class coaches agree that programming is a guideline. The workout may be changed before, during or after any workout. Weight can always be added or taken from the bar. Movements can be changed and drills can be modified. Changes can be made according to how the athlete is performing and more importantly how he or she feels.

A change in programming should not be done out of laziness, but according to the main goal of the workout. There are times that the workout calls for a high amount of reps and there are times that it calls for max weight lifted for the day, or sometimes both. so understanding the goal of a workout is key.

At the end of the day, programming is planned out to help the athlete reach their max potential within a schedule. So guys. before thinking about not following a program or a cycle, think about modifying it.

-Coach Santiago

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