Without a thorough and detailed plan in place, no business is very likely to succeed for all that long. In a recent John Pryor strength review, the strength and conditioning coordinator for the Japan Rugby Football Union detailed how the same is true of a fitness training program. While a company that has not developed an adequate business plan will quickly recognize the negative impact on its bottom line stemming from a lack of planning, many recreational athletes continue to go on training with no real plan in place and still wonder why they are not seeing any improvement despite all of their hard work they have put in over several weeks or even months.
Sometimes this occurs with athletes who begin a program with little or no attention to advance planning and still see some initial results due to nothing more than increased general activity levels. After these initial gains, however, the athletes soon plateau and are unable to make any additional gains due to the lack of foresight in creating a detail-oriented training plan. This is why elite strength and conditioning coordinators like Pryor incorporate advance planning principles like periodization into the programs they develop for their athletes, as there are few things worse for an athlete’s confidence than putting in months and months of hard work only to see no tangible gains when competition begins.