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Over the coming weeks we’ll be sharing posts discussing key areas of program design so that you can learn how to both program for yourself and critique other programs. Today we’re talking SPECIFICITY.
SPECIFICITY in the context of training refers to working the SPECIFIC systems responsible for your sport and/or goals. In short, if your training doesn’t SPECIFICALLY support what you are training for, then it isn’t worthwhile.
For example, if training for strength, looking to increase your cardiovascular endurance isn’t relevant to lifting heavy loads.
Whilst having a bigger chest isn’t going to win you a powerlifting competition, the correlation of muscle size and strength means training for hypertrophy does have SOME level of carryover to both the goals of gaining mass and getting stronger. This means that particular modality of training is compatible across both goals, albeit less so for one and more so for the other. It’s important to understand which are more relevant to your field, and program in accordance.
Takeaway points; - 1) Train and program SPECIFIC to your goals. Want to be good at footy? Play footy! Want bigger biceps? Then curl!
- 2) Whilst a variation of training phases can aid certain goals, cut out those that have no relevance and spend most of your time on the training most beneficial.
- 3) The compatibility of training modalities can cross over different goals, but don’t risk being a jack of all trades; master of none.
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