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The Difference Between Training Session to Session & Professional Training

When you go into the gym you can spot who’s training professionally and who’s training session to session. Let me point out that there’s nothing wrong with training session to session but it will only leave you with temporary results because nothing is measured and nothing is planned or structured.

Person A goes into her session with no plan, she’s got a goal of being fitter and changing her body composition, improving her energy levels and becoming more confident. She decides to train legs that day, squats, walking lunges, leg curls, hip thrusts and finishing off with some ab work.

It sounds like a good day at the gym and she’s gone all out training as hard as she can on all her exercises, she’s stoked and she should be because she’s put in effort to her training. Though the next week when she comes around to doing the same workout she finds it a little bit harder to progress on her training, or because she hasn’t tracked her performance she’s till performing at the same rate she was previously.

This leads to de-motivation, excitement diminished and the next week she’s looking for another workout that’s going to give her the endorphin and dopamine release she craves.

Results and confidence and managing your energy levels comes from progression.

Person B on the other hand, she comes into the gym knowing exactly what she’s going to be doing, from her warm up, exercises, reps, sets and she’s got a fair idea of how her performance is going to be for the day.

Her training program is planned months or even weeks in advance. Everything is tracked from her body composition measurements and performance in the gym. She knows going into the gym next week how she’s going to progress from her previous workout.

This builds confidence, she’s seeing herself get stronger and stronger each week. Because she hasn’t zapped herself in the first training week she’s reserved her energy to continually get better and perform better.

She’s also at less risk of getting injured, she’s hungry to continue coming into the gym from week to week getting better and better at a specific exercises and progressing to a more advanced one.

One that she can do confidently because she’s done the work.

What Professional Training Looks Like:

Assessing your current condition – Know where your current weaknesses are. Muscular and structural imbalances, body composition, nutrition and past and current training methods. From there you can structure a training program that’s going to get you from A-B.

Having an individualised training and nutrition program Now that you have the information of where you’re currently you can work backwards to get you from A-B professionally. Designing exercises and nutrition that will strengthen your imbalances to ensure you’re progressing. I will teach you these methods in the topics to come.

Tracking your performance.

Reassessing, re-measuring and ongoing accountability – Information, what’s working, what’s not working. What needs to be changed, what can you do more of and what’s next when you’re killing it?

Lifestyle considerations for the modern man and woman Rest, recovery, supplementation and what’s most important for the modern man and woman? Training, nutrition and recommendation should be given in accordance to what’s most important for the modern man or woman (business and work success, body composition, mental clarity, health and family).

Reward – After all, how are you going to celebrate your achievements.

Are you ready to take a more professional approach to your training? Achieve ongoing results with more energy than you know what to do with? Book in a training consultation with one of our experienced trainers today.


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