WHY DOING THE SAME EXERCISES EVERY DAY OF YOUR LIFE ISN’T GETTING YOU RESULTS
Doing the same exercises everyday isn’t bad. If they are good exercises and you are doing them well you should be proud of yourself. Moving is good, moving through a full range of motion every day is great, you will stay limber and agile like a bush baby. BUT it’s not going to change the shape you are currently in. You won’t wake up one day and your biceps have suddenly become ginormous, you have the glutes of a gymnast and stomach muscles form the movie 300 (or whatever your dream body is, granted this is probably not most people’s dream body but I’m trying to make a point).
You need to progress your workouts. Sophisticated, intellectuals like myself call this, Progressive Overload. This does not always mean putting more and more weight on the bar, it can mean more reps, more depth, more sets, a more difficult variation or even more time under tensions like adding a pause in the movement.
Most gym programs are built on 4-6 week cycles. You need to make sure that you are increasing the difficulty each week by challenging the muscle. What you absolutely don’t need to do is change the movements every session to shock your body. Like your body with go “Holy moly, what is this strange movement!” while you perform a hyena crawl across the gym “I will have to suddenly grow biceps now”. Simple exercises done perfectly yield great results as long as you are using progressive overload.
Your muscles grow because they are challenged, with good form, by a load that is heavy enough for the muscles fibres to increase in size and the number of fibres activated. If you stay with the current load, those new muscles fibres will stay, you are maintaining them. If you want more shape, you must once again challenge the muscle.
So, if you want to stay the way you are then keep doing the things you are doing. That’s cool like ice.
If you want to change your current shape or strength then you need to increase the difficulty of the movement.
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