Anyone who has spent much time a commercial gym (or attended the circus) understands what it must be like to live in the wild where different species protect their territory like as if they were endangered.
Atop the treadmills and stair-steppers, we have the “cardio queens” who spends day after day hammering miles away like the days of our lives. In the free weight areas, we have the very dangerous curlasarus rex pumping out hundreds of curls, grunts and moans as veins protrude from his neck and arms.
We also have “same guy” seems to wear the same pair of clothing-I have seen this guy in everything from “hail to the king” shirts to leotards-day in and out. Usually this particular guy comes complete with a foul odor which scares away any potential threats
While each fitness goer consistently habites the same area of the gym, the interesting thing is their appearance never seems to change. I hear about this all the time from individuals who have stalled out after seeing initial progress.
Generally, the story looks something like this: “Well, I started doing the machines and cardio for 30-45 minutes and I saw great results in the first three weeks of my program. But then I stopped losing weight and plus I got bored and stopped”.
This makes perfect sense if we consider that the idea behind exercise is induce a physical stress which causes our body to adapt by physically developing. If we simply continue to impose the same stress day in and out, we do not create enough damage or disruption to spur physical adaption.
The only way we can continue this adaption is by making our workout-be it cardio, strength training, conditioning, etc-a bit harder or different in some way with each workout. This means that the two crucial steps to continued progress include:
- Log each workout so we know how we can increase stress
- Increase difficulty in some way with each session
Though fairly clear cut on the surface, the next question is how to make progress in the various modes of exercise in our program?
In the following videos, I’ll explain just what I mean.
Progressive Resistance Training
Progressive Metabolic Conditioning
I hope you found the videos enlightening and can start to put some of the themes I’ve presented to work for you!