I often stress the importance of progressions in training. Basically an, if this, then this, type of approach. As far as learning, fundamentals and safety I believe this to be of utmost importance when working with a new client/athlete. Recently I saw it from a new angle after hearing something coach Josh Hillis said. And that is, not only is progression important from a coaching perspective to teach the fundamentals and ensure safety but because people eventually need to take that next step.
Month after month and year after year, doing the exact same machines, the same 5 exercises with mostly the same weight isn’t going to get you the same results and eventually can crush both motivation and any kind of mental stimulation. Progression is a must as each person “graduates” to a new level of physical abilities and movement competency. This is the if this (success), then this (next step/challenge) I mentioned earlier. Progression will challenge, motivate and ultimately keep people engaged which may be as important as anything.
Don’t get stuck just doing the same ‘ol thing. I as much as anyone struggle to sometimes get out of my comfort zone with some things in life but realize that there are an infinite number of ways to push, pull, squat and move. Where you start is not important, only that you take the next appropriate step when necessary to challenge you, make you better and keep you stimulated.
– Mike Baltren