Five Benefits Of Following A Training Plan
April 24th 2020. By Workout Depot.
When was the last time you heard a professional athlete say that they just ‘wing it’ when it comes to their training?
Whether you’re a professional athlete or just starting your fitness journey, two are required to achieve any goal; unyielding determination, and a crystal clear vision of how you are going to achieve those goals. The first can only come from within, but the second is where the real power of a training plan lies. A carefully created plan that outlines, every day, every workout and every exercise required to build you up from now, right through to your goal.
1. It’s A Huge Source Of Motivation
It can often feel overwhelming when training for big goals – often leading to over/under training, a loss of motivation and inconsistent training.
It’s times like these that a training plan becomes invaluable, breaking down a seemingly impossible goal into smaller manageable chunks, down to the smallest chunk, each individual workout. Breaking down the goal in this way allows total focus on each workout, ensuring maximal effort for each session, in the knowledge that each workout is building up to achieving the overall goal.
Additionally, having a training plan allows you to appreciate the overall picture, seeing how each workout builds into a larger picture. Allowing you to look ahead to see where your current training is taking you, and what you’ll go on to achieve.
2. Allow Tracking Of Incremental Progress
The key to staying motivated during your journey is to see continuous improvement. This can come in a variety of forms; heavier lifts, faster running times, weight loss etc. it’s unique to the goal your training for.
Following a workout plan, combined with tracking your workouts, gives you the ability to see progress, by comparing past weeks to where you are now. Not only providing a sense of achievement (and rightly so!) but builds confidence in your abilities, and a hunger to improve going forward. Once you start seeing progress, no matter how small or large, the motivation to continue skyrockets!
3. Helps Avoid Under/Overtraining
A clear breakdown of the training required each day gives a clear sense of purpose during the workout, allowing it to be efficient and intense – precisely what’s needed to achieve your goal.
A training plan eliminates the guesswork from each session, allowing you to stay focus on pushing yourself, rather than thinking about making up the next few exercises you’ll do. Making up each workout as you go ultimately leads to a loss in intensity, efficiency and eventually motivation. The focus should be on your workout being intense and efficient, not prolonged and sluggish.
Having a training plan design by a fitness professional allows you to take full advantage of their knowledge and experience. Skip past all of the hype and uncertainty, and focus only on the training methods that have been proven to achieve results. Preventing you from wasting your precious time and effort on pointless exercises.
4. Gives Structure To Your Training
Waking up each day, knowing exactly the training that you need to do is ultimately freeing. Your crystal clear about what you need to do, how you’re going to do it, and how it builds into achieving your overall goal. It’s easy to stay motivated when you know your homing in on your goal each day, and seeing the progress your making.
This structure keeps you focused, and importantly, allows you to plan your workouts around your other commitments. It’s far easier to schedule your workouts in when you know how long there going to take and on what days you need to do them. Ensuring that each session is done in its entirety, maximising your results.
5. It Maximises Your Results
Arguably the most importantl reason, a training plan maximises your results. There are no short cuts to achieving your goals. All will require time, consistency and effort. There’s no way around it.
However, you can ensure that your workouts are efficient, and the results you gain from your effort are maximised. After all, an intense 45-minute session is infinitely more beneficial than a lethargic two hour one! A training plan takes away all of the guesswork and uncertainty, meaning your focus is solely on executing the plan during training. Moving from one exercise to another, without the delay of making up what comes next, keeping the intensely high and maximising the time spent training.
We’d wish you the best of luck in your training, but luck has nothing to do with it, determination, hard work and planning do. Commit to a plan and stay focused, and achieve the results you’re after!