By Greg Everett, Catalyst Athletics
There are a lot of different ways to train as a weightlifter, but two broad categories can be described by either planning and prescribing all the numbers (e.g. weights, reps, sets) or training by feel, which can mean making decisions on everything from weights to reps to the actual exercises performed on a given day.
Personally I like it all—nothing to extremes. I believe strongly that there needs to be planning, both short and long term, of an athlete’s training, particularly for competitive athletes who need to perform optimally on certain dates. That said, I also believe strongly that there needs to be flexibility built into any plan and a willingness to make changes based on what’s actually occurring when that diverges from what’s expected.
The problem with rigid planning is that there are far too many factors that influence a lifter’s recovery, mental outlook…
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