I like to keep my training varied. I have the attention span of a gnat, so I get bored very easily. This also keeps my body guessing what’s coming, stopping it from getting used to doing the same routines over and over again.
The ‘Muscle Confusion’ training principle says that in order to prevent or overcome training plateaus, exercise needs to be varied. This doesn’t mean you have to create crazy training sessions every time you exercise. But, it does mean that doing exactly the same 1 hour routine in the gym, 3 times per week, for 2 years, will probably not get you far.
A good exercise program should stress the body progressively, allowing it to adapt and improve it’s function. Many people use the FITT variables in order to vary their training. This works by changing one or more of the FITT variables once positive adaption has occured, so that they can continue to progress into their next training phase;
Of course there are many considerations when it comes to training plateaus. These include rest and recovery, nutrition and hydration. I will discuss these in seperate posts (because I could write an entire essay on each of these!).
But for today, I thought I’d just show you some of the training I did last week with the help of two fantastic training specialists, to keep my gnat brain engaged and my body challeged….