I like to think of my training as being comprised of two big buckets:
Free-form training and regimented training.
Free-form training is the kind of training you perform because it gets you out of your head. It gives you some freedom, it’s flexible, makes you joyful, relieves some stress.
Free-form training is a liberating break from the information overwhelm, data crushing and overstimulation.
Regimented training is the kind of training you do because you are going after specific goals.
It is mid and long-term based, laying down the steps you need to take on a regular basis to eventually see the fruit of your effort pay off. It’s assessed, reviewed, tracked, sometimes with sets, reps and rest.
Regimented training is a grounding break from the chaos of our lives – you get it done, and you have the fulfilling feeling of having it done.
Depending on your personality type and your movement goals, your training may showcase different ratios of these two.
My experience as a coach is that whenever there is some dissatisfaction felt in one’s training, tweaking this ratio makes a big difference.
In the following excerpt, I elaborate on this by using the Barbell Analogy from Nassib Taleb:
It all started, then, with the final context you plan on using “movement” for.
Then, make sure that you don’t forget about the lighter side of the barbell, while staying confident that this will never sway you from the greater goals thanks to the heavier base.
At different stages of their practice, I tweak the ratio of my online students so that they develop the fastest. Beginners will focus mainly on developing a solid syllabus with cherry picked movements and drills.
More experienced/professionals will focus on creating new patterns within their existing terminology while learning new power moves and streamlining their overall quality of movement.