The Art of Balance

In training, just as in life, it is important to find a healthy balance of the most important components.  For me, it can sometimes be challenging in life to find just the right amount of time to dedicate to the most important components: my business, my wife, my two boys, pitching in with household duties, etc. 

Training is the same.  However, finding the correct balance in training more or less depends on an individuals needs and goals at a given time.  That is to say that the correct balance is never a simple combination consisting of equal amounts of this or that for an infinite amount of time but rather appropriate amounts of this and that in order to elicit the desired training effects at a particular junction in ones training career while staying healthy in the process.  I can say, from experience, that it is usually better to “leave a little in the tank” than to always “run the needle in the red” so to speak.  Intentionally incorporating an easy week of training every now and again can go a long way in keeping your engine running on all cylinders.

About dcoffin280

I am a Boston based strength and conditioning coach.

Posted on February 23, 2011, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. In general, in your experience, does it usually make sense to be more on the conservative side with weekend warrior types than with competitive athletes? I’ve seen a lot of friends who stopped training for a long period of time try and pick back up at full intensity and then get injured. What does the progression look like when coming back from “time off”?

    • Kevin,
      It depends on their training age, injury history, what level they are currently at, etc. For someone just returning from an extended hiatus, the evaluation would help guide the program design. It always depends on the trainnee, the situation and their individual set of circumstances.

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