We program for health and wellness we have to begin with sorting clients in terms of their overall fitness levels. This process helps us understand the approach for each person.
Then we use the assessment to categorize clients as having good fitness, medium fitness, or low fitness.
For people with low levels of fitness, we use 4-6 week training blocks and low-to-moderate intensity. Gradually we increase the volume throughout the training program to improve work capacity. Most things work at this point, so a concurrent approach works best.
30-45 minutes per training session
2-4 sessions per week
Low-to-moderate intensity; no more than 1 high-intensity day/week
We use various methods to build a resistance to what may come down the road. It’s the “Train to train” phase common in all good early season sports programs. Remember it’s still humans we are dealing with, a layered up approach no matter what level is needed.
So we stress at an appropriate level, recover, adapt.
People will often report feeling their back and various other parts of the body. This really is an awakening. People often come to us already having tried many methods, often very passive treatments, but eventually got nowhere. Sometimes professionals put fear into people and they get Uber conscience of their body. Then because they are “feeling” it a few days after training they believe they may be doing damage. But 99% of the time they are just using it. And it’s simply not used to it. This is one of our biggest challenges, getting people to relax and realize that this is all beneficial.
In part 6 we will talk a little bit about people who are of average or high fitness levels and what our approach to condition is with them.