Make Sure You're Riding A Horse Not A Camel

            The saying that a camel is a horse designed by committee would appear to nothing to do with strength training or sports in general. But this ingenious saying will help you avoid some of the biggest pitfalls of programing for athletes or picking a program for yourself.  Far to often do I come across programs written by god knows who that may seem like a good idea, but prove to be unbeneficial at best and harmful at worst.  So if you want to make an effective program do not do it by committee. 

            What I mean by that in the scope of this article is that cherry picking the seemingly best parts of all of the famous programs and mashing them up like your some sort of dj will not get you the results you want.  The reason that the Russians, Bulgarians, and Chinese all have the training systems everyone knows about is because they stuck to one method tweaked it and perfected it.  The Russians didn’t do percentage work one week then max efforts the next, and when you look at their lifters you see the results.  To the same degree the Bulgarians did go all out every session on the major movements to do extra sessions with accessory work because it was wasted energy for them.  So decide what it is your program is going to focus on and stick to that. 

            If you do not fully understand what is behind what it is that your hoping achieve there is no excuse to go in blind. Do some research online and make the most educated decisions you can.  If you want to use the PAP response (really interesting training tool if you don’t know what it is look it up) to improve your lifts then find out the most effective way to implement it and then apply that to your program.  If you are doing basic strength work to eliminate some weaknesses do not add in hundred of kettle bell swings for to strengthen your lower back.  These things seem like a good idea, but they will be counterproductive when done together because you will not get the full benefit of either. 

            Keep your programing heading in the same direction. Do not allow what others around you are doing influence what you put in your program.  If you are moving from a hypertrophy cycle into strength cycle do not jump to the power cycle just because some other guy down the road is doing it now.  Keep your plan just that your plan.  Do not let the committee of internet trolls and coaches sway you from where it is you are planning on going, or how you plan on getting there. 

            This does not mean you shouldn’t learn along the way because you should be learning every single day through experience, and conversation, and research.  But do not let new information change what you have already planned.  You can take that info and hold on to it, and apply it later down the line if you feel it is worth adding to your arsenal.  But to add it in too soon is to not give your program that you have already written a chance to come to fruition.  Don’t cut your legs out from under you because you have doubt, follow through on what your program is, and at the end decide how you could have done a better job.  But you must see the final product to be able to properly decide where to go next.