Goodbye New Year’s Resolutions! Hello New Year and New Habits.

Marina Aagaard, MFE It is that time of year again, New Year's Resolution Time or rather: A brand new year with ample opportunity for new beginnings, new smart moves ... in your mind, body, habitat and on the move. Don't say goodbye to old habits, instead say hello to new and better ones – that is …

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Happy New Year: The Best Year Ever!

By Marina Aagaard, MFE On the last days of the year it is time to take stock and set new goals. Time and time again it has been proven, that by reflecting, taking the time to think things over, evaluating, learning from experience, and setting specific goals and writing them down, the chances of reaching …

WOD: Design A Super Workout Program

Fitness Workout of the Day Programming (Aagaard, 2012) By Marina Aagaard, MFE How to Design A Better Workout? Of course you can design your workout of the day without prior planning or periodization. However, if you really want to progress and make the most of your workout time, then it makes more sense to create …

Periodize: Perfect Your Short-term Plan

Week plan, microcycle, example (Aagaard, 2012) By Marina Aagaard, MFE Top Tip  First a super workout, then of course recovery.  A nice mix of work and rest, wouldn't you agree? That's the way to maximize results for all to see and avoid fatique, overtraining, stress and injury. In periodization the long-term plan, the macrocycle, and the …

Periodize: Perfect Your Long-term Plan

Long-term plan, macro cycle, an example (Aagaard, 2012). Marina Aagaard, MFE Top Tip Reach your goals! Make a plan. What do you say? For better programs and workouts, that is the way. Outline the long-term, then the short-term, it's simple, o.k.? You want to optimize your workout results? Then periodization is for you. First step …

10-step Plan for Tip Top Periodization

Planning and Periodization Principle (Aagaard, 2012) By Marina Aagaard, MFE No matter your level or goal more likely than not you will have more fun and get better results, if you make some sort of plan. You may plan in more or less detail according to your needs. Based on theory and practice from international gymnastics …

Phenomenal Phitness Periodization

Bio-psycho-social fitness planning, model for periodization (Aagaard, 2012) By Marina Aagaard, MFE Make a holistic plan; bio-psycho-social fitness periodization Inspired by the bio-psycho-social model, in which "the health of the individual is considered a product of dynamic interaction between its biological, psychological and social circumstances (Roessler, 2002)". Step 1: Holistic thinking Think - before preparing your fitness plan …