AlexH wrote:
Hi all,

Firstly apologies if this topic has been covered in depth before on the forum - if thats the case please feel free to curtly direct to the appropriate threads

Secondly - if this topic is covered in depth by any DVD/book, again please feel free to point out which one to buy and leave it at that.

I'm look for some advice on how to structure training for the beginner, when a beginner is defined as someone with less than 3-4 years consistent training experience.

Is it better to stay with something like linear progression for as long as possible, or is there room to introduce awareness of RPE from an early (training) age?

When would be an appropriate time to introduce more advanced methods? How would these methods be seeded into a persons training schedule? Alternatively, consider the trainee who has been on an LP program for sometime - what would be the most effective way of introducing these methods then, considering it may require some extensive un/re-learning?

The arguments for most beginner pattern templates seem to be that they are hard to mess up - where as the kind of awareness required to appropriately gauge an RPE or fatigue can take a while to fully develop.

However in the Fred hatfield model of "good, better, best" is it not a "better" to have trainee's thinking about these components (RPE, fatigue, etc) as early as possible?