We all hit plateaus and we all lose the motivation to workout from time to time. Taking a phased training approach is the answer you’re looking for.
This concept involves focusing on a specific fitness goal during a set phase, like building strength or increasing endurance, before shifting to a different focus in the next phase. My own experience with phased training has not only led to impressive results but also kept my fitness journey exciting and dynamic.
The Benefits of Phased Training
The main benefit of phased training is it allows you to develop a well-rounded fitness level. When you have dedicated blocks of time to various aspects of fitness—strength, size, leanness, endurance—you can ensure none of them get neglected. Phased training basically eliminates fitness plateaus and burnout. When you’ve maxed out gains in one area, switching to a new phase can challenge your body in fresh ways and jump-start progress.
Phased Training in Action
Consider my own journey. There was a point when I felt stuck—I wasn’t getting any bigger or stronger, no matter how hard I tried. The solution? I shifted from doing 3 to 5 sets of 10 – 12 reps to doing 5 sets of 5 reps, concentrating more on heavy, heavy weight. After a six-week strength phase, I had became significantly stronger. So, when I went back to training for size, my increased strength allowed me to grow bigger than before.
And then there was my experience with endurance training. Preparing for endurance events made me lose a significant amount of weight—almost 20 pounds. Post-event, I reduced my cardio and got back on the strength plan. This phase shift enabled me to rebuild my strength and size.
Phased Training Will Keep You Motivated
Beyond the physical benefits, phased training is a powerful tool for maintaining motivation and engagement. The idea of just working out every day until the day you die, especially if you’re doing the same routine repeatedly, sounds pretty miserable. But what if I told you that we were going to break your journey into 4 – 6 phases, each with its own unique challenges and focus areas? Suddenly, the monotonous grind transforms into an adventure with constantly changing landscapes.
Phased training offers a strategic approach to achieving a well-rounded fitness level. It keeps your body challenged, your workouts varied, and your motivation levels high. Get on one of our free workout plans for several weeks, then move onto a new phase with a different program.
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