The individualization principle in training

My workout

Published on 31 January 2021
by Jean-Denis Thomson

People who have just started training often look to fitness magazines for inspiration. This strategy provides novice fitness enthusiasts with information about various training programs and ideas for exercises that can certainly be beneficial. However, it is important to understand that the programs and exercises in these magazines are not tailored to specific individuals, but are rather designed for a broad majority—they are the standard. The goal, then, is not to apply a training program as is, but rather to individualize it. Imagine that a beginner decides to do Ronnie Colman’s muscle-building workout. It’s an excellent training program, but it’s not suitable for a beginner. 


Several factors must be considered when developing a training program:  

  • Goals
  • Current physical fitness level
  • Ability to learn exercises
  • Ability to improve (trainability) 
  • Ability to recover between workouts 
  • Overall health
  • Motivation
  • Availability for training
  • Injuries 


Evidently, several factors must be taken into account when developing a training program. A simple, effective way to achieve the best results is to consult a kinesiologist or certified personal trainer. They will establish all training parameters so that you can progress effectively toward your goals. 


Have a great workout!


Jean-Denis Thomson


Jean-Denis Thomson
Kinesiologist, Training Department Director