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What Separates Good Workout Programs From Great Ones?

Mar 29, 2024

What separates good workout programs from great ones?

Workout programs are a dime a dozen, and you can find millions of them with a simple Google search.

Some of those are great programs. Some are terrible. And many fall somewhere in between.

While I could list several factors that separate good from great programming, there is one main variable I want to focus on today that is often overlooked:


Having the right technique is almost like a wild card in your health and fitness.

What I mean by that is that it will make any program you follow more effective.

An average program, done with great technique, can bring you incredible results.

The best program out there will get you average results at best (and leave you injured or hurt at worst) if your technique isn't dialed in.

Having the right technique will:

  • Increase your strength output and allow you to lift more. Moving more weight leads to better athletic performance, bigger muscles, and improved body composition
  • Reduce your risk of injury and keep you in the gym for longer, which is the secret to getting more and more results for years to come
  • Improve your joint health and reduce risk of unnecessary surgeries down the road
  • Build confidence. When you know you're performing an exercise correctly, and you're doing it well, you can't help but feel strong and confident

The problem is that most programs don't address technique.

And they sure don't give you ongoing support to help review your technique and make sure you're doing it properly.

A great program, done with great technique, is the secret to long-term results as it relates to your strength, athleticism, body composition, and overall health.

Instead of writing about general recommendations as it relates to having good technique, I figured it would be better for you to see a real time example:

Click here to check out a live video analysis that I did with a client of their back squat on our recent couples coaching call we had.

It took a minute or two to get to the root cause of why his form was just a bit off, but those minor adjustments and tweaks can positively transform his lifting for years to come.

Sometimes seeing an example is far more valuable than any bullet point list or vague explanation of what you should be doing to improve your technique.

Having a trained eye to review your form can be the difference between continuing to add strength or hitting a plateau.

It can be the difference between keeping your body healthy or hitting setback after setback with pain or injuries.

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