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The Pillars of Training: Part 1

Updated: Mar 31, 2022

Training = Efficiency + Intensity + Progression + Longevity + Goal

Generally, we can define efficiency as:

“a good use of time and energy in a way that does not waste any”

Efficient training allows for a better extraction of the benefits of training. Simply put, more bang for your buck.

So, how can we make training more efficient? Well, let’s consider the factors that influence this:

Intent and execution

How can intent contribute to efficiency? Via adaptation.

“Adaptation is the process of the body getting accustomed to an exercise or a training programme.”

More intent i.e. having a reason as to why you’re doing what you’re doing (choice of exercise amongst other things), allows for adaptation. Providing sufficient stimulus and achieving adaptation is ultimately the goal of training, but we’ll expand on this later in this series.