I was asked today, "with all of the DVD workout systems, the old school ideas of working out, and now with the buzz around functional training, what is the best way to train?"

Well the truth is . . . (drum roll please) . . .  there is No Best Way to train.  The body is a dynamic system and whether it's super slow training, circuits, or whatever other trendy workout is the new thing, the body needs variety.  Each of the training paradigms/theories out there has merit.  In fact, I would dare say that each of the theories on training have some important place in a long-term program.  Based on your level of fitness and stated goals, a well rounded, versatile training/workout routine includes:

1.) strength training

2.) circuit style training

3.) explosive movement

4.) agility; and

5.) active rest.

The point I'm trying to illustrate is that you, as a dynamic system, cannot train any one way forever.  You have to change your routines regularly in order to continue to evolve and make progress in your fitness program.  The variety serves the purpose of avoiding boredom, as well as repetitive motion issues (where training a specific movement too often can actually decrease your effective fitness and encourage frustrating plateaus).  By keeping it versatile, you stay motivated, you keep making progress, and you keep reaching goals, something that will ripple through the rest of your life.

Don't get caught up in the trends.  Keep the important points mentioned above and wave bye-bye to plateaus.

As always, let me know what you think.