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Writing Personal Training Programs: The Hypertrophy/Body Composition Phase- Kasey Esser

Writing Personal Training Programs: The Hypertrophy/Body Composition Phase

In the last post, I went over the GPP phase of a system I’ve been using for primarily general population clients.  That phase dealt with cleaning up movement issues that a client will more than likely have when starting a training program.   Now that all that is taken care of, it’s time to do WORK!   The Hypertrophy/Body Composition phase is where the magic happens with regard to aesthetic changes.  Hypertrophy is the first word in the title because THAT is the primary goal.  Lean muscle mass is absolutely NECESSARY...

Writing Personal Training Programs: The GPP Phase- Kasey Esser

Writing Personal Training Programs: The GPP Phase

In the last post, I overviewed a system I’ve been using for setting up the training year for primarily general population clients.  There were 4 different phases I briefly touched on, so as promised, I am going to give each phase its own post and provide some practical framework to the theory.   What GPP Means (usually)   As an acronym, it stands for General Physical Preparedness.  Pretty vague, huh? But that’s sort of the point.  Traditionally, with this phase of training, you don’t really chase any specific quality (e.g. maximal strength). ...

Writing Personal Training Programs: A System for Setting Up the Training Year

Well, I’m supposed to be in Chicago right now, celebrating my awesome cousin’s wedding, but some jackass decided that setting a control tower on fire would be a great decision.  So Jess and I ended up stuck in LA.  Jess is watching Frozen as I write this, intermittently tearing up, so it’s not exactly an uplifting scene at the Esser household. We were both really looking forward to going and seeing family we had not seen in forever, so it’s a huge bummer, but to keep my mind...

How to Structure Your Training Sessions for Dominant Results- Kasey Esser

How to Structure Your Training Sessions for Dominant Results

I like looking back at training programs I wrote 6 months to a year before and see my thought processes then versus now.  Usually, it’s pretty laughable. I first heard from Alwyn Cosgrove that you SHOULD actually be pretty embarrassed by programs you wrote a while back, otherwise you probably aren’t pushing yourself enough in the continuing education department. With how rapidly the fitness industry evolves, this is a realistic expectation.  I can guarantee my programs will look slightly different in 2015 than they did in 2014, just as...