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One Exercise is not enough
Karsten Jensen 11/21/2012 5:49:04 PM
Posted: Wednesday, June 12, 2013 5:48 PM
Joined: 11/21/2012
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Any significant change in any bio-motor ability requires months and years of systematic continuous training.

The exercises that the beginner can perform correctly without injury will not result in performance improvement for the advanced athlete.

Vice versa, the exercises that results in performance improvement for the advanced athlete may injure the beginner.

Further, each exercise will only be effective for a period of time, after which it loses its effect. This is the Principle of Accommodation.

Thus, we can see that any athlete or client over time will have to utilize a sequence of exercises.

Just knowing how to select one exercise is never enough.

We must learn how to select SEQUENCES of exercises.

Exercise progressions are examples of exercise sequences.

Power lifting coach Louie Simmons is famous for using the conjugated sequence of exercises, where the purpose of each exercise is to create favorable conditions for the training of the next exercise in the sequence, ultimately leading to peak performance in the desired activity.

When we define exercise sequences, some of the fundamental questions include:

Which exercise should be the first one in the sequence? (type and difficulty)
For how long will that exercise (or any other exercise) result in a significant training stimulus?
Which exercise should follow?
How should the second exercise be different and more difficult than the first exercise?
Does the optimal time to use a given exercise change as the athlete gets more advanced?
Does the rate of increasing an exercise’s difficulty change as the athlete or client reaches advanced stages of training?
First and foremost, it is the principles of Periodization of Exercise Selection that gives us the principles for creating exercise sequences and progressions.

On May 31st, 2013, I teach“Beyond Functional Training” for the first time. The strength coaches and personal trainers who have chosen to be there will leave armed with new and advanced knowledge on exercise periodization.

If you do not make it this time, check our seminar page regularly for updates. I will teach Beyond Functional Training again in the fall.

To Your Success,

PS: Check out this article that talks more about Beyond Functional Training.