Take Your Fitness to the Next Level with Progressive Over Load
If you’ve been going to the gym for a while but are seeing little to no results, this post is for you.
Progressive Overload is the single most important factor in getting positive results from any type of workout or any form of exercise.
It’s the component that can turn the most perfect workout program into a useless waste of time and literally make or break your success.
Progressive Overload is the absolute key to getting the results you want from your workout routine.
The best way I can explain it is by telling you a very important secret.
You see, the human body doesn’t care that you have some type of workout/exercise goal in mind. It doesn’t care that you want to build muscle, or lose fat, or get toned, or become stronger, or improve performance, or just look great naked.
Your body only knows and cares about 1 thing: keeping you alive and functioning as efficiently as possible. That’s your body’s only real goal.
And, to ensure it meets this goal, your body is both smart enough and capable enough to do whatever is needed of it in order to adapt to its environment.
And it’s this fact that is the basis for all workout/exercise goals to be reached.
What I mean is, the only way your body will ever change or improve the way you want it to is by creating an environment that proves to your body that these changes and improvements MUST be made.
Or, to put it another way, your body will not change or improve unless you force it to.
No matter how perfect your workout is, muscle will not be built, strength will not be gained, and performance will not improve unless you show your body that these are things that absolutely NEED to happen in order for it to survive.
And that right there brings us to something called the progressive overload principle.
The Progressive Overload Principle
The progressive overload principle basically states:
In order for a muscle to grow, strength to be gained, performance to increase, or for any similar improvement to occur, the human body must be forced to adapt to a tension that is above and beyond what it has previously experienced.
And what it means is, if you lift the same weights, for the same number of reps, the same way for the next 20 years… nothing will ever happen. Your body will never change or improve in any way.
You will only maintain your current state.
However, if you increase the demands you are placing on your body by increasing the weight being lifted, lifting the same weight for more reps, or just doing something that increases the demands that your body needs to meet, then your body will have no other choice but to make the necessary changes and improvements that will allow it to adapt to this environment and remain capable of performing these tasks.
And these “changes” and “improvements” and “adaptations” come in the form of more muscle, more strength, less fat, more tone, better performance and just the overall results you are looking to get.
That’s what all of these goals are, really… just our body’s adaptive response to the demands being placed on it through exercise.
You’re basically showing your body that in order for it to survive, in order for it to do what you are forcing it to do, it’s going to NEED to make these changes and improvements.
Let me explain exactly what I mean by watching this short video here: