Smart Programmes V Stupid Programmes

At Results FAST we consider that we write programmes not workouts. What I mean is that you always should have a plan that relates to what you are trying to achieve be it to get stronger, lose weight or rehab an old injury.

Smart programming therefore is a product of best possible result with the least possible effort. Therefore, anything that you do that is not goal driven is in effect a waste of time. The average fat loss plan is a good example. Get stronger, enhance your mobility, build steadily in to cardiovascular training and most importantly follow a nutrition plan that dictates that the result will be fat loss then you will be in a good space. Simply said this doesn’t happen a lot of the time.

You see a lot of the time a training programme is dictated to be being good by the severity of the session. Indeed the harder the better.I have seen a lot of trainers boast that they have broken their clients, I have watched videos of individuals exercise form fall apart as they engage in high repetition exercises. It is interesting in the fitness industry that harming clients can actually be what people boast about.

Do you really think that people like this? What I mean is that boasting that you make your clients sick or indeed break them is not smart. Anyone can make someone tired and fatigued.

What is funny though as well is that the client often doesn’t understand that this isn’t necessarily the best way to get the result they desire. Though in some cases they have an unnatural desire to be punished. Typically you see this happen in a variety of ways. The average bootcamp is probably the prime example. After all when you perform 200 burpees in a session it’s unlikely that anyone could run or sprint maximally without harming themselves. Indeed do 200 of anything and where do you go? More repetitions? More breakdown in form?

Strength and mobility are the fundamental components of  most sensible workout plans. Do you want to lose weight? Get stronger, develop your range of movement, eat properly and you will lose weight/ get fitter/ perform better it is relatively simple. Don’t fall in to the trap of thinking harder is better.

Harder is only better when it is achievable and form does not fall apart. Think about what you do in the gym and what people look like when exercising.

Published by ianmellis

Ian Mellis MSc. CSCS is the co-founder of Results FAST ( in Ware, Hertfordshire. Specialising in athletic development, physique improvement and injury rehabilitation he provides personal training, strength and conditioning and nutrition coaching for motivated exercisers and those looking to make a long term change to their health, fitness and performance.

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