Hello lovely readers! Sorry for a brief delay in my normally prolific writing. I’ve been occupied in a whirlwind of life changes, which seems to be the theme of 2015. I won’t divulge too much at this moment, but I am happy to state that I am into week 3 of prep and all my accordance are still alive, and I’ve yet cheat on my fast, or passive aggressively shoulder check strangers on the street. With the theme of change today lets talk a little about the importance of changing up programming. A lot of people will go to the gym and start into a routine, initially getting sore, seeing gains, and then nothing, they spend another year doing the same thing. This is called a plateau. The best way to avoid this is by mixing it up.
As we’ve discussed before, cause learning is fun right, muscle fibres respond to repetition and load, and increased training causes the quantity of exercised muscle fiber to increase exponentially, this is why we always see the most gains initially, and why you’re always hella sore after trying something new. In order to make further gains, greater workout intensity is required with heavier loads and more repetition.Therefor, I’m lay term, the reasons we hit a plateau is because our bodies are capable of amazing things, so at first, sometimes is a struggle, but our body them adapts. But without struggle or adversity there is no gains. So here is my advice to you, you don’t have to overhaul your whole workout. I have some exercises I literally do all year round. It’s just a matter of playing with the variable. You can change your temp, your set rep range, use pre fatigue, even switch up the angle. All theses things will force your body to readjust and shock your system, creating the need for your body to build new strength and muscle! Other fun and easy tricks are adding bands or changes to play with different times under tension. As a chain deloads you lose tension, the further you bench you create more gravitational pull against the chain. In addition, bring a friend! Having a spot is a great way to get that last 10% or utile for reps. Better yet, make a new friend of find an excuse to talk to the hot guy at your gym 😉