If there is some sort of goal to be reached, whether it be physical or emotional, there’s always a consistency among situations, no matter how different the context- there will, no doubt, be a beginning. You’d be unable to deny this pattern, just as you’d never be able to pull off getting from point A to point B( even if using the law of attraction) without first making a move…those first few important strides toward that end of whatever it is. The process of greeting each obstacle, subduing it, getting better at doing it so it’s a little easier when the bigger obstacles start popping up, repeat, and so on toward the end goal: this is progression. It is a principal that governs most any situation that involves the completion of a task, and one that I find crucial to creating a sound workout plan that does its job. Not just that, but efficiently.
So in order to do this, the idea that every starting point will be different has to be a fact firmly solidified in the mind. Whether creating a personal workout or for clients, there’s no one size fits all protocol. No two people will have the same workout history, soft tissue restrictions, cardiovascular capacity, internal motivation to exercise, etc. The starting program and the pace at which it is moved through is wholly dependent on the person. Right now I’m working on goals, and have been helping a few friends to reach their own, and I’ve been applying this principle. I read about this during school and touched on it when studying for my certification, but I’d never understood it until I began to apply it first hand. Personally for me, I had to be realistic about where I needed to start, and be careful not to start at the intensity I felt I should be at. For my friends, I had to be sure to give suggestions and show exercises based on their individual needs.
Applying the principal of progression to my professional life has been helpful as well. In order to keep my sanity, which I am grateful to have a grip on right now, I must bear progression in mind. The front of it ideally. Just like trying to pile too much on a client completely new to the type of exercise being done, the effects of taking too much on too fast in the beginning of a fitness career can end up in a hectic situation gone bad. Know too that the opposite can pose as severe a problem. So how to navigate correctly between too much and too little, and know you’re starting in the right place? I’ll forever suggest first learning to recognize the sound and feel of your intuition, then listen to it with intention. At that point, of course, always go with it.