The way workouts are programmed is around a specific skill. So if today you are working on muscle ups - the program will pull skill, strength, muscle and endurance exercises from muscle up based on where are you at in the progression and create a workout based on that.
Why do it that way?
In an ideal situation (abundant time, energy, equipment), it can be beneficial to separate training goals or the systems being trained. For example, you would have a heavy strength workout on one day or at one time of day, then have a speed and agility workout on another day or at another time of day. Professional athletes often train like this, often with multiple sessions a day, six days a week. This allows the athlete and the athlete's body to focus on the type of training of that session and to reduce interference from training several aspects of fitness concurrently.
The Movement Athlete does include workouts that focus on different aspects. However, due to various reasons, many of the typical workouts will train skill, strength, muscle development, endurance and flexibility in the same workout. This is because:
- Many of the users of The Movement Athlete are at the beginner to early intermediate level. At this stage, there is not much need for specialised and separated training. Just putting in quality effort, sticking to a good workout schedule and working through the TMA progressions will give you good gains. The more advanced a user becomes and the more often a user can train, the more likely the user will be given specialised workouts.
- The less often a user can train, the less likely it is that the workouts can be organised according to type or goal. For one to four workouts a week, it's a better use of time to train as many movements and movement types as possible. We would also prefer that the user trains the movements and the various aspects of fitness more frequently, especially through the beginner and intermediate phases.
- TMA workouts are organised in order to maximise the effectiveness of each aspect (skill, strength, endurance etc.). Therefore there is no large penalty to training all aspects together in each workout.