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The Role Of Exercise Execution

The more I talk to other coaches, the more I see what other programs contain, and the more I scroll through the endless snapshots and videos of Instagram, I have come to realize that 99% of strength programs are made up of the same exercises. Most exercises have already been invented, and almost every program has the same common selection of them.



But why, then, do some people get results and others do not? Why does one person get stronger while the one person sees no progress?


There is absolutely more than one answer to this, but a common thing I see between individuals and the success they have in their programs comes down to one major component: Execution.

"It's not what you do that matters, it's how you do it!" - Zach Even-Esh

By honing in on how you execute an exercise, you achieve the desired stimulus. If the program says to do a five second eccentric, then you make sure you do five seconds. If the program says to rest 60 seconds, you rest 60 seconds. If the goal of the exercise is to focus on muscle fiber recruitment, you focus your mind on the contraction.


With training being a game of adaptations, execution is of the utmost importance. This also means that the implementation is precise, which is why the role of the coach exists. The coach exists to execute the planning and implementation of the exercise based on the desired outcome of training and their knowledge of how to achieve it.


If you focus on how you are supposed to do an exercise, based on the outcome you are trying to achieve, then ultimately you will gain the results you want. It's not supposed to be rocket science, but if you don't take into consideration the intent behind what you do then you ultimately won't get where you want to go.


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