Nailing the basics

Posted 28 Mar 2022

At Holos Performance, it’s our goal to provide you with all the tools and education needed for you to be successful. There can be a lot of confusion on the internet and social media these days surrounding the best way to tackle any health goal.

We thought we would put this article together to remind you that there are a few really basic principles when it comes to the way we train and fuel that we can sometimes forget about, or not prioritise as a result of searching for hacks or the latest “trends”. 

It’s also worth noting that, no matter your ability level, these basic principles stay the same, they just need to be nailed with greater consistency and precision. 

Stimulus

This is your training regimen. There are a few variables that will determine how effective your program is. We like to use this acronym from Bill Campbell PhD:

L – Load (weight)

E – Effort (intensity)

A – Amount (volume – sets / reps)

F – Frequency

Becoming a better athlete takes hard work and time. Period. One thing we notice with experienced trainers is that they ALWAYS bring the intensity. They approach every session with focus and take pride in every rep and drill they perform.

This is something that is often overlooked, but it’s the difference between good and great results.

Total energy intake

Your fuel must reflect what you are demanding from your body physically. Preparation is key here…Knowing where you can get adequate fuel ahead of time rather than reacting to hunger will set you up for success.

Protein intake

Protein is the king of the macronutrients. Consuming around 1.5-2g / kg of BW per day is considered to be a good range to strive for to aid recovery and support the development of lean muscle mass. Again – This is not an easy thing to do. Many outlets and restaurants will not necessarily offer the amounts of protein you need, so having strategies for this is important.

Recovery

Not getting enough quality sleep, overtraining or training the same muscle groups or qualities repeatedly without adequate rest will be directly reflected in your training outcomes. There’s an old school saying “muscles are torn in the gym, fed in the kitchen and built in the bed” Important to emphasise the last part of this. 

These are your foundations. If you don’t integrate these principles consistently then you will be fighting an uphill battle. There are many more intricacies that can be explored to yield better results once we have these areas nailed. The good news is that these things are simple and tangible. 

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