One thing I want from every training session I do with my clients is to have them walk away feeling like a million dollars.

What that million-dollar feeling feels like though, is different for everyone.

I can train someone in their 20s who loves the feeling of being pushed to their limit and having to be peeled off the floor at the end of the session, while if the client is in their 30s or 40s+ it is more likely that million dollar feeling will come from being trained hard but not to the point of exhaustion and including a lot of mobility work into their session to ensure they can still move both later that day and week.

How you feel each day will play a significant role in how hard you can train each day, so what is an 8/10 one day may feel like an intensity of 10/10 another day depending on a number of factors.

Sleep, stress, work and family commitments, along with nutrition, hydration levels etc all play a major role in how well you can train. And it is not just the past 24 hours you need to consider but rather the past week or even greater depending on what someone has going on in their life.

For this reason, I don’t believe that religiously following your program perfectly is the right way to go. You need to listen to your body and if you are not feeling up to it, make adjustments accordingly. Likewise, if you are rearing to go, today might be a good time to kick it up a notch. The goal should be to keep the session at a solid 8 of 10 for how you are feeling on the day.

Once done, reflect on why the changes were made.

Why were you feeling great or not so good that day?

What has your nutrition been like over the past few days?

What has your sleep and recovery been like?

How much were you sitting or moving of late?

What has been different?

Realise that it is very rare to have two days where you feel exactly the same and as such don’t be afraid of making tweaks to your program in order to get the most out of it.

Not pushing hard enough or pushing way too hard can both be as bad as each other when it comes to reasons why you are not getting results.

The goal? To walk away from each and every session with a sense of pride and feeling like a million bucks!!

Cheers Marty

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