Your Training Schedule is simply a time frame on a calendar, with a start and end date that you choose based on, you got it, YOUR SCHEDULE! You may have a special event coming up in 7 weeks (vacation, reunion, athletic event) or even just a certain length of time you have committed for getting or staying in great shape, like 12 weeks. Basically, any length of time up to 52 weeks can be chosen.
Once the dates have been set for your training schedule, WorkoutSmart will then automatically manage your workouts for the specific time-frame chosen. This maintains the proper progression and rest time for your body. There is no magical length for a training schedule. If you do not have specific time requirements, we do recommend a standard length of 12 weeks that you can choose as this is a nice time frame for making progress and creating long-term positive change. Again, it just depends on your schedule and what works best for you!
The length of your training schedule will create your Periodization Model which is simply a plan or the process of how the volume (sets, reps, time) and intensity (weight, heart rate) of your program flows throughout your training schedule. When the periodization model is used in conjunction with our Smart Tools your workouts become even more dynamic. This “fluid” or dynamic process is called Programmed Response Training (PRT) and is based on your recovery and overall energy levels.
The great thing about the WorkoutSmart is that you can choose different Workout Goals (Build Strength, Lose Weight) with varying Training Frequencies (2,3,4… days per week) throughout your training schedule. Again, we will keep everything organized for you! This creates a completely custom workout plan that adapts to your body and maximizes the effectiveness of your training while giving you complete flexibility week to week.
Even after choosing various goals and frequencies, the start and end dates of your training schedule are still set and will remain the same. This means your overall periodization model stays consistent, keeping you on track and progressing safely.
Examples of Training Schedules and Workout Goals
Let’s say you set up a training schedule for 12 weeks with a Workout Goal of Optimal Fitness and a training frequency of 3 days per week. But, you know that you have business commitments on the 4th and 7th weeks of your training schedule. You can simply go into the Workout Goal section or Quickly Modify Week section and change the training frequency to a 2 Day program on the 4th week and again on the 7th week. Doing this allows you to stay on track with a minimal time commitment during these busy weeks.
Here’s a little more advanced concept using Workout Goal changes within the same training schedule time frame as listed above for 12 weeks:
- Set a Workout Goal of Optimal Fitness-3 Day for the first 4 weeks
- Set a Workout Goal of Build Strength-4 Day for the next 4 weeks
- Set a Workout Goal of Bodybuilding-5 Day for the last 4 weeks.
Again, your training schedule maintains your exact start and end dates keeping your Periodization model intact so you can be at your best when you want or need to be! And, we track everything for you so you can see your progress in weight lost, gained or lifted, strength changes, calories burned, and much more!