Shane lays out a few principles through examples of the workout routines he designs for the athletes he trains with, and anecdotal evidence of a well-known and successful professional athlete. In broad strokes, these principles can be described as: successful programming follows well-balanced movement and progression, and training is both a combination of progress and trust, structured by a hierarchy of needs. He wraps up the article by turning to what makes a workout successful — from the perspective of a trainer: a balance of focus and intensity.
Manning’s obsessive attention to detail even before his pro career began is illustrative of the qualitative approach that is the most important factor the success of any athlete, and indeed any workout.
- All training is designed to be a progression and requires a commitment of the participant.
- Proper commitment entails doing the movement correctly and at the right tempo as well as repeating it if done improperly until you do have it right.
- When the movement is perfectly executed and the tempo is done correctly, then, and only then, can the intensity be increased.
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