I have been getting many requests to evaluate certain popular training programs. Rather than specifically evaluate any program I think it is better to describe the characteristics of a sound program and you can use this to evaluate and draw your own conclusions.
Progression ? You should be able to see clear definitive progression both inter and inter workout. In addition the progression should take into account training age and gender.
Clearly Defined Goals ? A sound program starts with the end in mind and clearly works toward that end.
Training is a means to an end ? Training should not be an end unto itself.
Individual ? A sound training program fits the individual and takes into account trainability and recoverability.
Beyond the Exercise ? It is always more than an exercise or a drill. The drill or exercise is a means to an end.
Can Do ? A sound program will focus on what the athlete can do, not what they can?t do. Optimize the strengths and minimize the weaknesses.
Risk ? Manage risk by weighing the risk:return ratio of the training methods.
Variation ? Incorporate programmed systematic variations to insure continual adaptation.
Spectrum ? Incorporate a spectrum of methods that insure all systems are trained all the time.
Basics ? Never stray far from the basics, no gimmicks, no fads and no quick fixes.