Motivational Monday: 5 Training Myths You May Be Falling For

Updated: April 4, 2016


5 Training Myths You May Be Falling For

Mark Roozen, M.Ed., CSCS, *D, NSCA-CPT,*D, TSAC-F, FNSCA

“If you don’t believe in something, you’ll fall for anything.”

That’s the lyric to an old country song, and it makes sense—though it makes you wonder what someone who believes in car leasing might fall for.

Anyway, you know us, and you know we want you to believe in setting a training plan in place —if for no other reason than the fact that it works! The worst part about setting up a training program isn’t that it’s difficult (because it’s not). The worst part is all the misunderstanding and myths floating out there about why you shouldn’t have a set up training program.

If you’re smart—and we think you are—then you’ll let go of these myths, excuses and misunderstandings, and you’ll take control of your money.

1. I don’t have the time to set up a training program.
For the first few months, you might spend a couple of hours a month getting your training program down. After that, it’s pretty much smooth sailing. You’re simply plugging in numbers and letting math do the rest.

So if you’re currently not doing a plan for what you’ll do for training because you “don’t have the time,” then your priorities must be out of whack. Because if you’re too busy to make your health and fitness situation a higher priority, then we would be curious to see what you do have the time for.

2. Following a set training program is boring.
You would be amazed at how many grown adults don’t make a training plan every month because it’s “boring.” You know what else is boring? What the number on the scale says. And feeling like crap when you try to do a fun activity or take part in some sporting event but can’t do your best. And visiting the doctors office. . . . Actually, those aren’t very boring.

If you’re a Free Spirit and can’t stand the thought of putting a workout plan together, take a breath. You can do this. Once you get the hang of it, making a training program isn’t all that bad! Still on pins and needles because you don’t know if you can do it? Reach out to us at Coach Rozy – we have an on-line program that you can sign-up for and it we can be your trainer – even when we can’t be there with you – or your budget won’t allow for personal training sessions in person.

3. Making a training program is difficult if you don’t know about training , and I don’t have the time to learn and read all I need to know.

This isn’t rocket science. If you can understand basic human movement, you can make a program. You push, you pull, you squat, you do things on a single leg, you bend, you extend, you rotate and you need to do things to get your heart rate up and help you maintain mobility and flexibility.

Seriously, this is a really lame excuse. Contact us and we’ll send you some basic information and give you ideas on some basic movements to help you get started and make the program design a little easier. But don’t stay away from a training plan because “the thought of picking exercises is too hard.” It’s not.

4. I do my training program in my head and based how I feel.

If you can seriously do a program that has the 6 training principles as the base of your program, and you can change and adjust it with each workout in your head every single month, we’ll assume you are the most brilliant person on the planet. Could you please help our government cut out obesity and other health related problems?

A training program in your head isn’t a training program. It’s just a kinda-sorta-I’ve-got-a-vague-idea-of-what-I-plan-to-kind-of-do-maybe-today thing. To work, a training program needs to be on paper or a spreadsheet or something you can maintain monthly and track. Besides that, if you’re training with someone, a partner or a small group and doing a training program in your head, then only one of you is involved in the decision making, and that’s a definite no-no!

5. I plan by keeping track of every thing I do in my training.

That’s a start, but it’s not a training program. Because when you only track what you’ve done, then you’re always looking at the past and never looking forward.

Your plan is your plan not only to see what you have done, but it’s also a road map for the upcoming month. You’re planning for workouts you haven’t done yet. When you keep records of what you have done or use your online training program to see what you did for training last month, you’re doing just that—looking at last month. Look forward and back—not just one or the other. If you’re already tracking your past workouts, the plan for future workouts is just a natural next step. It should be easy for you.

It’s disheartening that so many people have fallen for these training myths and excuses. The good news is that you don’t have to be one of them.

When it comes to your fitness, health and performance you definitely don’t want to be someone who will “fall for anything.” Take control of your fitness by taking care of your fitness plan and training routine.

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