Individual differences: One of the foundational truths about training is that there is no one answer to most questions. If you talk to people that are very knowledgeable, once you get past the basics their answers to most questions will be “it depends.”

“Should I max out every day?” “It depends.”

“Should I go Keto?” “It depends.”

“Should I do hill sprints or push the prowler?” “It depends.”

The answers will depend on the individual person. Their history, genetics, psychology, and basically everything else, come into play when making decisions about what the “best” thing for them to be doing is.

This is why it is so important to begin working to determine what works best for YOU early on. Even these amazing posts we put out can only help to guide you. It takes time, work, experience to discover the things that will give you the best shot at success. So get to work early, begin eliminating the things that don’t work and incorporating those that do!

Oh, and keep reading our beginner series posts here as we help you focus your attention where it will matter the most.

- Nigel, Kizen Coach

Who is Nigel?

Nigel is a coach who has been competing in powerlifting since 2012 and started directing meets in 2017. Nigel began working as a personal trainer in 2013, was a part of the Ascendant Athletics team with Omar and Silent Mike from 2015-2016, and has managed the group coaching for Kizen Training since 2017. Through this work and coaching private clients, Nigel has worked with many lifters of all skill levels and from diverse athletic backgrounds. His best lifts in competition are a 661lb/300kg squat in sleeves, a 451lb/205kg bench, and a 639lb/295kg deadlift.

Instagram: @captain.planet

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