How to Design Workout Programs That 'Do Everything'
No one single workout program will help you get great at everything all at once. But, you can bring up weak points while still maintaining other areas. Find out how.
It should be pretty common knowledge by now that there is no “magic workout program.” (Which I've been saying for as long as I've been writing articles in the fitness/strength & conditioning world). There is no such thing as a program that will take 6 inches off your waist in a month, add 75 lbs. to your bench press in 6 weeks, or let you drop 50 lbs. in 60 days. Ain't just gonna happen.
However, something I’m seeing a lot of anymore isn't necessarily the “magic program”, but rather the workout program that “does it all.” This kind of workout program is the one that will adds a ton of weight to your maximum lifts, shoots your muscular and strength-endurance through the roof, and gives you cardio and "wind" that lets you work your butt off all day long with never getting tired.
I hate to break it to you, but if you want a workout program that “does it all,” then you're gonna be looking for quite a while. Just like there's no such thing as a "magic program", there's no program that "does it all", either.
There are many workout programs these days that promise to do virtually everything all at once – and that’s a load of bunk. No one single program will increase your maximum strength, maximal power, strength-endurance, power-endurance, cardiovascular conditioning, muscular conditioning, and more all at once. Sorry, but it just doesn't work that way. You can, however, do programs that focus on increasing on or two of these things, while doing enough work on the rest to maintain them.
That is how you should pick and design your workout programs. Determine what your major weak points are – and put together workouts that address those weaknesses.
For example, pick a workout program that allows you to build maximum strength and power, while still maintaining your endurance and cardio. Or a workout program that tackles your cardio needs, while maintaining your strength and power. Or a program that increases your overall work capacity, letting you take full advantage of your strength, power, endurance, and cardio.
Just don't get greedy, and you'll be able to make all the progress you want.
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