“Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.”
– Albert Einstein
‘What has this quote got to do with training?!’ I hear you wonder! Well, it’s really relevant to a fitness industry concept called PROGRESSIVE OVERLOAD.
BECAUSE you should ALWAYS aim to PROGRESS YOUR TRAINING!
Believe me – I know all about this! I would say that I trained at a gym for about 10 years without really progressing. I did a lot of cardio work and lifted weights. Over that time, the exercises did get easier and I became more comfortable with what I was doing. Initially, I lost weight, because I went from being sedentary to more active. But over time my body adapted and got more used to the training! Then I would start to eat poorly because I wasn’t seeing improvement! Then I’d have to go back to the gym more frequently. But really I was still lifting the same weights at the beginning and end of the 10-year journey!! What I really needed to do was PROGRESSIVE OVERLOAD, and up my game throughout that time.
Progressive overload is about CHALLENGING YOUR BODY ONCE IT ADAPTS TO A WORKOUT SO THAT IT CAN CONTINUE TO GROW.
By this, I mean:
- Increase the number of Reps
- Do More Exercises
- Decrease Your Rest Time
- Add More Weight
- Train More Often
- Slow Down Your Reps
- Increase Your Sets
Otherwise, you will plateau at the same pace, weight, or shape as your body becomes comfortable with the workouts that you are doing.
So, there are my suggestions for 7 different ways for you to CHANGE UP YOUR WORKOUTS – What will you do differently this week?!?!