Developing the P (for Progression) in a FITT-VP Exercise Prescription
By Barbara A. Bushman, PhD, FACSM
This column answers the question: “For an exercise prescription to be effective, advancement or progression is recommended. What factors should be considered when addressing progression of an exercise program?” Progression for aerobic exercise includes adjustments to frequency, intensity, and time (duration) of activity and for resistance exercise includes greater resistance, repetitions per set, or frequency. Advancement or progression should be gradual in order to allow for adaptations to the increased training volume, with the potential to lower the risk of injury and to promote adherence to the exercise program. The rate and manner in which a program is advanced should be individualized based on personal characteristics (e.g., health status, age, physical ability), responses to training, and personal goals.
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