Auto-regulatory Training has been utilized for years by coaches and athletes; however, its specific name, technique and the research behind it, has only recently started to emerge.

In short, Auto-regulatory Training revolves around the concept of flexibility within your periodized routine or training split to account for how you feel, recover etc. As mentioned, this has been utilized for decades by certain athletes and coaches based mainly on common sense.

For example, if an athlete is extremely tired, fatigued or sore, the coach or athlete may change their planned session for something less intense or damaging to their muscle/immune system and overall recovery.

While people often systematically manipulate key training variables (such as volume, intensity, sets, reps, etc.) to enhance the adaptive response to strength training, fewer people do actually manipulate their overall split and training session based on biofeedback, or, in other words, how they feel and the signals they get from their body [1][2][3].

If you’ve ever performed back-to-back workout blocks or played high level sport you can likely relate with the need to recover and be strategic with your programming. While a periodized plan is great and has been shown to provide benefits over no plan at all, some flexibility may be needed to account for each individual, their physiology, recovery capacities and even their lifestyle.

This is where Auto-regulatory Training comes in; here’s an overview of its benefits and how to apply it to your own or even your client’s/athlete’s routine.

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