Scientific Nutrition and Strength Training Principles that Every Athlete Must Know


Failure to properly manage the fatigue created from training can lead to decreased performance. If you don’t rest and allow your body to recover then you will never maximise your gains. Nutrition is absolutely vital here.


  • Hard training stimulates adaptive processes
  • Adaptation occurs DURING recovery, not training

With these two important points in mind, you must train in an intelligent way that allows you to train, adapt and recover, then train again.

Every athlete’s ability to recover is different and dependent on their previous athletic history, genetics and other factors, but if you constantly train without allowing the stimulus from training to actually take effect (in the recovery phase) then you will not progress as well as you otherwise could.

On the flipside, many athletes make the mistake (or excuse) of giving muscles too much time to recover and not training them frequently enough. The important thing to remember is that your training should be hard. If you are a committed strength athlete or Crossfitter then you probably don’t need to be reminded about this.


Variation refers to the exercise that you choose to utilise in your training. When it comes to strength training, you can’t go wrong with deadlifts, squats, bench and overhead press, but additional variations can and will strengthen your movement patterns and body in slightly different ways. For example, Romanian deadlifts or snatch grip deadlifts are great accessory exercises to improve your primary compound lift – the deadlift.

Annie in action, fueled by Renaissance PeriodizationSource: High Intensity Photography
Annie in action, fueled by Renaissance Periodization

Variation keeps things exciting, and can be a great way to focus on technical or physical weak points that you may have in other movements.

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