All personal trainers create personalized fitness programs for their clients; however, from a Natural Life Choice perspective, the question to ask is whether that fitness program is geared to the individual’s genetics and imbalances or is it based solely on fitness goals?

Process of fitness programming

To prevent injury, our Strength Coaches will create a program that first addresses all your imbalances before working on your fitness goals. They have numerous customized programs to correct imbalances including, hypotrophy, muscle strength, relative strength, strength endurance, body composition (fat loss) and muscular imbalance. For each program that you undertake, the exercise, rest, sets, reps and tempo have to be relevant to your assessed needs.

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Al's ELITE method of programming

"Over the past 10-15 years, I have developed my own methodology and style that combines science and a holistic approach to produce optimum results for my clients".

 

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Step 1

Individual Assessment

Our practitioner will perform an individual assessment based on the client’s goals. For example, if the goal is to break through a plateau, then Structural Balance is the appropriate assessment. If, however, the goal is to decrease body composition and gain lean muscle mass than the practitioner may suggest Biosignature as the assessment tool.

Step 2

Discover your variables

After determining the right assessment tool for the individual, the next step is to take a look at the different variables that can impact that person’s program.  Your variables will influence the success of your program.

Step 3

Add a Recovery Phase

Recovery after a great program is essential in order to avoid lactic acid build up and disruption of sleep. The type of recovery needed will determine the intensity or the volume of the workout.

Step 4

Supportive Dietary Plan

Furthermore, if necessary the practitioner will recommend a Supplement Protocol such as L-Glutamine or Whey and other nutrients all of which support the immune system while providing nourishment to the body.

"By following this method of training, injuries can be prevented and you develop a clear understanding of your strengths & weaknesses."

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Duration of a fitness program

Clients often ask how often a program should change to bring about results. There are several factors that determine the length of a program including the number of days per week the individual trains and the type of program. For instance, if the person is on an imbalance program, it can take 2 to 4 weeks. A strength endurance program can go from 1 to 4 weeks depending on the initial fitness level of the client and the intensity of the workout.

FAQ Program Design

Program design is both “Art and Science”. The “art” behind a successful program combines skill with creativity thus allowing the client to achieve their goals while also having fun. The science of program design focuses on knowledge and experimentation as the key factors. In an effort to hone both of these attributes, Al has travelled to countries around the world to learn from experts in the Health and Fitness Field. He has also sought out mentors such as Charles Poliquin to study under, to further enhance his knowledge and experience. Poliquin's methodology allowed him to continually produce Olympic and world class champions from 17 different countries. Over the past 10-15 years, Al has developed his own methodology and style that combines science and a holistic approach to produce optimum results for his clients.
The first step is to perform an individual assessment based on the client’s goals. For example, if the goal is to break through a plateau, then Structural Balance is the appropriate assessment. If, however, the goal is to decrease body composition and gain lean muscle mass than Al will probably suggest Biosignature as the assessment tool. An assessment takes approximately 60 to 90 minutes.
Clients hire a trainer or program designer trusting that the person has the knowledge and skills to work with their individual personality to create a compelling program that will meet their goals. After determining the right assessment tool for the individual, the next step is to take a look at the different variables that can impact that person’s program.  For example, if “workout age” and experience as well as personality, are not taken into consideration, trainers will mistakenly create programs that are either too simple or too advanced. Both of these factors will influence the success of the program. Al has seen many atrocious programs over the years that make him question the standards in the field. The choice of inappropriate loading parameters is yet another common mistake Al has observed with program design. This refers to the fact that the intensity does not match the program goal. For example, if the goal is to get strong, then the amount of load the client is lifting should reflect the true percentage of your 1 RM. Based on his knowledge, skills & experiences, Al will design a program that is perfectly tailored to your needs & goals.
Recovery after a great program is essential in order to avoid lactic acid build up and disruption of sleep. The type of recovery needed will determine the intensity or the volume of the workout. The most common Recovery Program that Al recommends requires 5-10 minutes on the Cross Trainer or Treadmill at a low speed.
The final step in designing a dynamic program is a Dietary Plan; If necessary Al will recommend a Supplement Protocol such as L-Glutamine or Whey and other nutrients all of which support the immune system while providing nourishment to the body. If you want more specific advice about a diet to follow, you can think about doing a Food Sensitivity Assessment.