Absolutely everything goes through a maturation phase of some kind. Businesses, social constructs, single celled organisms, and complex creatures such as humans, all undergo this process. The manifestations of maturation are boundless, ranging from the obvious - physical, intellectual, sexual - to the less visible - social, psychological, emotional and spiritual.
Needless to say, this phenomena is happening around us constantly and training is no exception. We can all observe one’s ability to progress through the physiological stages of the Novice Effect or eventually develop hypertrophy. Thankfully, these are all quantifiable stages of maturation and indications of a positive training trajectory.
However, within the strength and conditioning setting, we can also observe the growth/stagnation process as it pertains to something referred to as Training Maturity. This can roughly be described as an athlete or coach's ability to exhibit ever-improving recognition and response skills. Training Maturation is dependent on one's willingness to improve, the resources available to them, and an inherent passion.
One of the biggest myths associated with Training Maturity is Training Age. Not chronological age -as in years on this Earth - but years training, lifting weights, working out, getting swole. The amount of time an athlete has put into working out can absolutely increase Training Maturity, but time spent under a bar does not directly represent a corresponding degree of maturity.
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