Effective workouts don’t happen by accident, and they sure aren’t the result of luck. An effective workout also doesn’t come from using the best equipment or an “optimal” workout routine. Instead, an effective workout comes from a simple, and clear, progression strategy.
A progression strategy is nothing more than a plan to make improvements from one workout to the next. There is no single best way to make progress, and everyone progresses a little differently, but here are a few key pieces to an effective progression strategy.
#1 A Progression strategy moves you toward a specific goal
Not all forms of progression are beneficial. You can work hard toward running a faster 10K, but that won’t do much for your golf game. You could also double the number of push-ups you can do, but that may not have much of an impact on your weight loss.
A sound progression strategy focuses on training to use muscle tension to either, burn fat, build muscle, or improve performance. So the first step in building a sound progression strategy is getting clear on what you want to accomplish and learn how to best train for that goal.
Check out my book, Smart Bodyweight Training, to learn how to train for weight loss, building muscle or improving performance.
#2 A progression strategy is multi-influential
There are many pieces to every progression strategy. Building muscle involves a lot more than just sets and reps. Losing weight requires much more than cardio and carbs. Don’t even get me started with how many variables there are in learning even basic forms of performance.
This is why a good progression strategy will take many influences into account. Not only will this ensure you’re covering more of the important variables, but it also helps prevent plateaus and burn out.
#3 The best tool for progression is a simple workout log
A progression strategy helps you understand what you’re currently doing and what you need to do to make progress. It’s a simple concept but it can be very difficult to remember all of the little details from one workout to the next.
That’s why keeping a simple workout log can make all the difference in the world. It’s a great way to stop and think about what you’ve done while asking you to think about what you can improve upon in your next workout. When you write that stuff down, you will have a great reminder about what you’re going to work on in the next workout to keep you moving forward.
Want to learn more? Check out the RDP Podcast down below on how to build an effective progression strategy for your goals: