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Training is a deliberate effort made to improve at sport or achieve a physically oriented goal. It’s a concentrated period of time designed to maximize on the body’s ability to adapt.

There are three organizing principles to help streamline any training process:

1) The Goal

2) Rate of Adaptation

3) Order of Persistence

To make things as simple and understandable as possible GranitePage incorporates a few essential elements, which are designed to quantify the individual needs of the trainee for the most productive training protocol.

First and foremost, define where you are honestly. What level are you at? Are you a beginner, an intermediate or an expert at your sport? Have you trained previously? What training protocols have you already tried? If so, did you improve and then suddenly stop improving, or have you suffered an injury due to the training you’ve been doing? Finally, are you improving consistently or not?

Once you’ve identified your positioning and understand the rate of adaptation, you can easily create your own training schedule. This would incorporate consistent and significant gains without risk of suffering unnecessary injury or inhibiting sustainable progress. Emphasis on strength will impact power and endurance naturally and in a positive way.

The prioritization of strength, power and endurance during training cycles is relative to each sport’s specific requirements and the allotted timeline relative to your goal. Strength gains not only support an increased ability during the performance season but it also allows for the body to heal from an often overused endurance pathway. Chronic cellular inflammation inherent to too much endurance training inhibits the body’s ability to adapt and can adversely affect health related goals.

Also, you don’t train for all sports the same way, but the basic strength tenet applies regardless of the sport.

The stronger you are,

~the more lean body mass to support health

~the faster the runner’s cadence will be

~the more powerful the fighter’s kicks and punches will be

~quickness on the tennis courts improves

~individual climbing moves require less effort whether they are close to the ground or high up on a cliff

After years of personal searches for the “best” way to train for the sport of climbing, I finally learned the value of basic strength building principals. That, combined with allowing my body the time it requires to adapt (rate of adaptation) to the next level, I obtain an overall competency that promots not only strength but endurance too (order of persistence). This is significant, as this simple awareness has resulted in steady athletic improvement, even after two decades of intense climbing experience.

Given the complexity of the human body and it’s elaborate network of communications (the endocrine system), the assessment of surprisingly few variables are all that are required to significantly streamline your training efforts. Taking advantage of the body’s hormonal response to stress is the easiest way to make sure you are improving at the fastest rate possible.

Training is a systematic approach to obtain a specific goal. There are three principles to consider to progress at the steepest rate of improvement.

1) The first is to define your goal. Without a goal there is no direction or anything to work towards. It is the first variable to creating a training program. The timeline to achieving the goal is also an essential aspect for managing the most productive training schedule.

2) The second is the rate of adaption. Depending on your present level of conditioning your baseline level of health or sports performance will adapt only so fast. Rate of adaption essentially tells you how fast you will be moving towards your goal when planning an individual training schedule. Organizing your workloads relative to this training principle is probably the most effective (and overlooked) method for most every athlete in any sport to improve.

3) The third is the order of persistence. Different physical qualities have their own unique rates of development during training. The longer the training time required to develop the physical quality, the longer that quality will persist after training has ceased. This allows one to prioritize training time allotted to the different qualities relative to one’s goal and is the primary reason for the emphasis on strength.

It’s important to learn what works for you. When you understand how your body responds to what you’re doing, you have the power and clarity to choose how to proceed in your training and achieve lasting results.

The philosophy here is to deliver a general lens of understanding to assist those with physical goals. This understanding points to a more individual approach in order to maximize on the effectiveness of your time and efforts.