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James begins this Knowledge Series by providing a definition of training age “Training age is all of the contractions a client has accumulated over time relative to their maximal physical potential (MPP).” In other words, training age is a client’s current capabilities relative to their maximum capabilities.
Understanding training age is important because it tells you what a client will be capable of actually performing and expressing in a training plan. This will influence your program design and help you predict their long-term potential.
Determining training age is done through multiple avenues and can include, but is not limited to, a physical assessment and a consultation. Learn our method of assessing and consulting clients for free here. James recommends that before trying to determine a client’s training age you should first create your own definition of what maximal physical potential should be (MPP). Once you have a definition for yourself you can begin answering the following three questions.
Your client’s training age will directly influence their program. If your client is a beginner their program will look a lot different than if they were more advanced. To provide an example, the beginner would spend more time developing motor control where the advanced client might spend more time on maximal contractions and strength endurance, relative to their function. See how training age determines where a client sits on the Muscle Endurance Tree in this free download. It is important to determine your client’s training age prior to writing their program so that they get the correct dose-response from resistance training and energy systems training.
Understanding training age is an essential part of writing an individualized program for a client. However, the program is just one part. As part of our coaching education, we teach coaches the five pillars of professional coaching including business practices, assessment and consultation skills, individualized programming knowledge, and holistic nourishment. Get a free introduction to our professional coaching education by signing up for the Free 7-Day OPEX Coaching Course.