Fitness for baby boomers and seniors

Exercise Techniques

Training Techniques

Here are some training techniques that can be used with almost any type of weight lifting. Talk with a trainer before implementing any of the techniques listed below, to make sure it is appropriate for your fitness level, goals and any health condition that you may have.

Periodization training – helps to avoid overtraining by systematically alternating high training loads with decreased loading phases.

Example – Workout days

Day 1 Strength

Day 2 Strength and Endurance

Day 3 Strength and Speed

Within the example days listed above you would implement one of the periodization models listed below, based on your fitness and health condition.


Training Models

Non Periodization

Linear – Workload/Volume of sets and reps are constant every day. Intensity increases with load progression

Random Variation – Workout intensity and volume change arbitrarily with no other program structure.


Periodization Models

Undulating –Workout routine during the week consistently changes. Workout intensity and volume increases and decreases regularly.

Traditional – Intensity and workout volume are steadily manipulated to start with high volume and low intensity and progresses to high intensity and low volume

Over reaching – Either volume or intensity is greatly increased for a one – two week period and then the training routine is returned to normal.

4 Minute workout – 20 seconds highest intensity / 10 seconds rest / repeat 8 times


Odd Object Lifting – Use unusual shape and control challenged devices to improve

  1. Core strength development

  2. Real life functional carryover

  3. Integrated strength development

  4. Lunge with an overhead press


Hybrid Movement – Combine two exercises into one movement

Example – Bent over row with a dead lift


Ascending – Increase Repetitions, Duration or Load with each consecutive Set

Descending – Decrease Repetitions, Duration or Load with each consecutive Set

Reciprocating – One exercise increases intensity the other exercise decreases intensity

Buidling Blocks

Choose up to 4 exercises

Choose a duration (reps or time)

Add an exercise to each block

Rest 10-20 second between exercises

Rest 1-2 minutes between each block


Exercise #1 / Rest 30 seconds

Exercise #1 & 2 / Rest 45 seconds

Exercise #1 & 2 & 3 / Rest 75 seconds

Exercise #1 & 2 & 3&4 / Rest 90 seconds



Important: The information on this site is not intended to treat or diagnose any injuries, illness or any type of acute or chronic conditions. Always consult your physician before starting any exercise program or any type of treatment for any type of health condition.