Tip 33: Learn the top 3 reasons why long term variation is important in strength training.
For long term progression, variety in the training process is essential for the following three reasons:
1) The effectiveness of any program is a function of the degree to which it challenges your body. The problem is that familiar programs are less challenging, because your body has had time to figure them out. Every time you repeat a training program, it becomes less and less effective. As Dr. Rakowski points out in his lectures “The body tends to ignore constant stimuli”. Explains why some people can stay married for so long.
2) All training programs have both negative and positive features, no matter how well-designed or specific they are. Too much time on one program, and you tend to adapt to the positive aspects and accumulate the negative ones.
3) Unchanging training routines lead to overuse injuries. According to Dr. Sal Arria, Sports Medicine Director for the International Sports Sciences Association, « Adopting long-term training habits of any kind is very often a precursor to degenerative changes in the joints˜ advanced athletes are particularly vulnerable, since their training tends to become more and more specific over time ».
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