Forget the All or Nothing

Disclaimer: The following article is based on my own opinions, experience and research. I understand and respect that every coach / trainer has their own method of training and I certainly do not have all the answers however, when it comes to training general populations I believe the following is incredibly important for not only physical health but also mental health and developing a positive and sustainable relationship with the role of exercise and nutrition in your life. 

The idea of all or nothing when it comes to training is something that I am noticing more and more in the fitness world. I have also experienced this first hand, I used to be that person - convincing myself that there was one type of training that was best, one type of training that was superior to everything else. I would literally absolutely crazy with one type of training with a sole focus and it was during this time that I noticed increased fatigue, injuries and to be honest I would get so bored it became a chore doing a workout. It has been over the last 2 years that I have continued to experiment with different styles of training, practicing during my own training sessions, training for different events and being open to learning new styles of training and different coaching methods. 

What I learnt is that the all or nothing approach is absolutely going to hinder your results. A sustainable and safe training program should always include strength training to build a solid foundation - this includes multidirectional movements as well as unilateral movements and essential for any strength program - progressive overload. A solid well-rounded program includes agility, speed and power work, mobility and flexibility and metabolic conditioning work. 

The thing is, after speaking with members of The Fit Collective - they want to be stronger, fitter, faster, some have body composition goals and some don't, some want to be stronger on certain lifts and some want to focus on increasing their speed. Although our programming may change slightly and members may preference specific sessions over others - no one (and I mean no one) gets through a week of classes without working on strength, metabolic conditioning, agility and power.

This is the thing - most of us train for overall wellbeing and health. Let me be clear sports specific / athletic training is something that will place different demands on your body focused around your strengths and weaknesses for a specific sport / event / season - and I can 100% bet if you fit into this category you are following a well planned and structured program for your specific sport. Yet, I feel that there is this idea  out there that we should all be training to this elite sport standard. It is time that we throw out the all or nothing approach - take a step back, assess our bodies and movement patterns, document our goals, choose a focus and then tailor your training around this approach whilst still not ignoring other components of a well rounded fitness program. 

There is nothing better than seeing members at TFC not only progressing their strength but also seeing members improving their speed, agility and ability to handle greater demands on their cardiovascular systems. Train for your purpose, be intelligent when it comes to your body - you only have one in a lifetime - train to progressively improve, train for your events, be open to different training ideas, be in it for the long game.