In my last email I talked about how structuring your workouts can make a big difference in how you progress.
Today, I want to talk about why having that structure there in the first place is a huge thing.
You may have heard this analogy before. If you lived in Los Angeles and had to get to New York by car what would be the first thing you do?
Get a map!
You wouldn’t just set out driving (unless of course you didn’t really care if you got there and were just looking for some random adventure).
By having that map you can get there much quicker then you would have otherwise not knowing where you’re going.
Yet when it comes to training, most people don’t get a map first. They just set out.
Your map is not only where you want to go but how you’re going to get there.
If your goal is to run a marathon then you should be running progressively longer distances. If you goal is power lifting you have three lifts to focus on.
Doing heavy squats when you’re trying to run long distances is like heading in the wrong direction. And vice versa.
Most people aren’t off to this degree. But have you ever entered your workout thinking what am I going to do today?
Sure, there’s a time to have a random workout, but for the most part you should know exactly what you are going to do. Not only what exercises but how much weight, sets and reps you should be getting.
You don’t need to be anal about it but overall you should know what’s going to happen.
With this sort of plan there is only one direction to move and that is forward.