Note from Adam: I’m happy to have Frankie Faires here crashing the party with a guest post. Read, then think, then act. Repeat.
How much would you pay for a computer that had faster processing speeds every time you used it?
How much would you pay for a car that got better gas mileage every time you drove it?
That may seem more like science fiction that technological innovation but this sort of thing happens all the time….at least biologically.
What happens if you have never practiced guitar and then practice 1 hr daily for three months…or if you’ve never ran but then run day after day for a few months.
What inevitably happens with all skills, whether gross motor or fine motor, is in general: the more you practice the better you get.
The correct term for this process of getting better is adaptation and is perhaps the most popular and least understood physiological mechanism within the body.
You have experienced the positive results of adaptation. When you first started with an exercise, exercise tool or exercise program, you probably had great results.
But Perhaps It didn’t last
But inevitably, results slowed, stopped or worst case scenario – you get injured performing an exercise you were once able to make progress in. This, too, is adaptation but is considered a negative adaptation.
Why would something that once made you more muscular, leaner, stronger and more energized now make you smaller, fatter, weaker and fatigued?
To be honest, I don’t know…nor does anyone else. I have theories that I think are far more accurate than the theories of other fitness schools….but do you really need another theory even if it is a better theory?
Wouldn’t you prefer a better practice?
Wouldn’t you prefer a practice that:
- increases fat loss
- increases muscle gain
- decreases the risk of injury
- and promises a PR (personal record) every time you go to the gym?
It’s getting easier, not harder
Our “in the trenches field testing” has been showing for nearly two years that progress can be made EVERY time one goes to the gym. It isn’t getting harder to get results; it isn’t getting trickier, it is getting easier and perpetual progress is getting more predictable…and it doesn’t appear that it will stop any time soon.
But there’s a caveat: progress is not linear. Here’s what I mean: You cannot get good at the bench press every day….but you can get better at something. You can lift more weight, do more reps, do more sets and rest less doing some exercise.
This should appeal to your common sense. How healthy would it be to eat the same foods for 4-6 weeks in a row? Why then is it that coaches think exercises can be good for the body for that amount of time?
Progress is non-linear
I realize that PR’ing every workout seems highly unrealistic. That is only because you have been trying to make linear progress. Physiology is non-linear as is progress…but progress appears to be perpetual.
Perhaps the reason we’re getting worse is because we’re trying to get better at the wrong things.
If we test to see what are the right things to get better at, we can always get better.
- test your exercises
- test your load
- test your reps
- test your rest periods
- test your sets.
- Most importantly… test your belief systems
…so that you can put your body to the test
…and finally answer,
“How good can I really be?”
Please, let’s talk in the comments section. Movements need movers, and I know you have questions. I will answer what I can, but realize that you will need to take action for things to make sense. Theory only takes us so far.
PS (Need to know how to test? We have the simplest answer. Purchase Gym Movement he