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Program Success and Standards
A succesful program is measured primarily on one basis: progression.
If a trainee is not making progress, in some form, than the program is a failure.
Because progress is the basis of a sucessful program, there has to be a method of measuring progress.
For strength training this is usually measured as an increase in a certain repition maximum (1RM, 5RM etc)
For endurance or explosive sports it may be an increase in speed or distance
Regardless of what is being trained, in order to compare progress from day to day, a certain level of conistency is required
For strength training this comes in the form of standards for form. If one wants to compare a repitition from today, to a repititon from yesterday, there must be some standard of consitency.
As an example the bench press must touch (not bounce) the chest, and lock out fully to count. If one were to compare a 135 bench press done to strict standards, to a 150 bench press done without, the change in weight is meaningless.
Another example may be trying to compare a 1.5 mile timed run between different courses. Without consitency, changes in performance can not be interpreted.
Therefore standards must be applied for progress to be measured.
Standards chosen must be repeatable. For example a half squat wouldn't be a repeatable standard, because the 'half' position is incredibly vague. A full squat, where the crease of the hip breaks across the top of the knee is.
Likewise, using a bounce off the chest for a bench press is not repeatable either. Was there the same amount of bounce today as there was yesterday? More? Less? Such a standard cannot be reliably repeated.
All exercises must have a consistent standard if it is going to be progressed.