Thursday, April 2, 2015

Coming up: Density Training

Today I want to introduce a training concept that we'll be using over the next few months – density training.

Now, density DOES NOT mean a training approach that leads to making the muscles, or any part of the body, more "dense" – so let's clear that up right away.

IN it's simplest definition, density training means that we manipulate a couple of training variables over time to increase the amount of work you can do in a given time period … OR … enhance your ability to do the SAME amount of work in a shorter time period

Here are two examples that might make sense:

Let's say 2 years ago you started running on a regular basis.  After several months you worked your way up to a 60 minute "long run".  Your first long run you covered 5 miles.  Overtime, with progressive training, you can now cover 7.5 miles in 60 minutes.   Now you can do MORE work in the SAME amount of time.  That's good!

Using the same scenario, you can ALSO now run 5 miles in 40 minutes, when it used to take you 60 minutes.  This too is a really good thing … you covered the SAME distance (work load) in 50% less time

In addition to improving performance, density training allows us to improve calorie burn during exercise, as well as post exercise.  It allows for significant better muscle definition.  And it's a tremendous fat burning mechanism.

Starting on April 27th, as we move outdoors for ABC, we will be incorporating a FUN hybrid density training approach to continually confuse your muscles, allowing you to make great progress.  We'll be setting up density training as a way for you to establish some mini-goals within each 4-week camp session, helping you stay on track from workout to workout, and stimulating your improvement, week after week.

To get ready, set a BIG, IMPORTANT, COMPELLING goal for the May, June and July camp sessions … where do YOU want to be on August 1st, 2015?

Your friend in fitness,

Brian Calkins
NSCA-CPT, ACE

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