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There are six principles of conditioning in the field of exercise science that every athlete or trainer should follow when prepping for the optimal workout or exercise program. These principles are universally accepted and should be followed so that those participating can make the most gains and improvements in their fitness and performance levels.
The first of the six principles is the Principle of Individual Differences. It simply means that, because we all are unique individuals, everyone has a different response to an exercise routine. In other words, “one size does not fit all” when it comes to physical fitness programs. Well-designed exercise routines should be based on our individual differences and responses to exercise.
Some of these differences have to do with body size and shape, genetics, past experience, chronic conditions, injuries and even gender. For example, women generally need more recovery time than men, and older athletes generally need more recovery time than younger athletes.
With this in mind, you may or may not want to follow an “off the shelf” exercise program, DVD or class and may find it helpful to work with a coach or personal trainer to develop a customized exercise program.