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One of the most helpful analogies that I’ve EVER been taught about personalized program design was that some of your clients will be CATS and others, CHAMELEONS.
My teacher was using these animals to describe the neurological efficiency and kinesthetic awareness that either type of clients may exhibit.
You’ll have some clients or athletes who, like Chameleons, are very limited in their kinesthetic awareness, but tend to grow very efficient in a handful of particular movements.
These are the folks who take three weeks to learn to do “walking lunges”, then once mastered they never want to do anything else. They’re very content with what they have learned and would be perfectly fine if they never did anything else… they like their exercise programs to “blend in” with their lifestyle and comfort levels.
Chameleons are very good at finding a program and sticking with it. They may follow the same program, with positive progressive results, for several years!
They tend to gravitate towards consistent repetitive types of training that require little “thinking”, just shutting off the brain and DOING. Sports and activities such as machine based bodybuilding routines, long distance running, and watching grass grow are best suited for your chameleon types.
Chameleons gravitate towards careers such as librarian or mail carrier.
They are more competent in the completion of activities, than the initiation of action.
Rapid change and anything overly dynamic or explosive makes them uncomfortable.
Then you’ll have other, Cat-Like people, who learn how to execute very complex exercises movements that require tremendous focus and concentration during their initial phase… SUPER FAST!
These clients or athletes can be taught how to perform Olympic lifts in less than 20 minutes, then they’re ready to do something else. They want to be challenged EVERY single workout and like their exercise programs to make them uncomfortable.
Cats get bored with their training program if it doesn’t offer a challenge and actually benefit by changing exercises and programs every one to four weeks. It’s not that these guys have “training ADD”, its that their highly adaptive nervous system needs a constant stream of challenges to foster growth… their strength, performance and muscle gaining results come to a grinding halt and they become stale very quickly.
They tend to gravitate towards training and sports that require a high level of awareness and focus, many of which tend to be fast moving or with high intensity. Sports such as wrestling, sprinting, Olympic lifting and strongman are best suited for cat types.
Cats gravitate towards careers such as firemen, salesmen or Wall Street stockbroker.
They are more interested in achievement as opposed to safety.
Rapid change, danger and explosiveness gets them excited and fired up.
When designing training programs for yourself or your athletes you’ve got to consider what type of person you are dealing with, otherwise you’re going to end up very frustrated with your lack of results.
WHICH TYPE ARE YOU?
Chameleons don’t want to flip tires, do “battling ropes” or box jumps.
They want to do leg presses, “Hammer” machines and jog for long distances… and they get their BEST results by following a program for very extended periods of time.
Cats don’t want to sit down… EVER, they hate machines and jogging.
They want to load Atlas Stones, press odd objects and throw things around the gym… and they get their BEST results by following a program for a few short weeks and then either change the exercises done, or parameters followed.