I've been doing a lot of geeking out over programing over the past year and I have really come to one major conclusion: you can't outsmart you own body. What I mean by this is that if you want real, true gains, you need to prep and prime all aspects of your body properly. Oh, and sleeping, eating, and supplementing can't be overlooked of course. Most of the regular gym goers will experience something called adaptive gains. This means that as your body begins to recognize doing something new and different, it gets better at it. Yes, this does technically mean you are getting stronger, but your muscles are not actually growing at a rate they could be growing. Once your body and mind has adapted to the demands of the movement, then you'll start to get a little quicker gains, but you still have way more potential.
How the heck can you get these "magical" gains? Well, it's actually pretty easy. Pay attention to the things that matter: training with the most efficient mechanics, training with a specifically designed progression of weight loads and volume (meaning you are actually following a program), allowing your central nervous system (CNS) to adapt to those loads properly, and accessorizing your main lifts with the right combinations of lifts that allow for rapid growth. You can;t just meathead your way through these processes. If you want to get better, you can't just work your ass off and expect to get way better. You need to know how to use the tools (weights, food, sleep, science) to your advantage. I have seen way, way, way too many people just show up at the gym and work, that's it. Now I'm sure this gets some decent gains to start, and I won't in any way discredit those. But, you will get to a plateau. You'll either slow down like crazy, or, you'll get hurt. If you're a complete geek like me, you probably scour the professional lifting circuit, reading blogs and articles and watching videos and on and on. A huge commonality O see is that the pros tend to talk about not needing to get all fancy with your program. But the problem is that most of these people just do their thing so naturally. That's why they are so damn good at it! I compare this to a guy like Ken Griffey Jr. just trying to tell a group of people how easy it is to hit a home run. Well duh, of course it's easier for him, his really freaking good at doing it. But for most people it's pretty damn hard to even understand how to swing a bat, let alone make contact, let alone hit a home run.
Point is people, you can't just do the basics and expect amazing results. If you really, really want something to happen for you in the health and fitness world, you need to understand how to go about that in the best way. And of you don't know how to do that, find someone who does and get them to help you. This can be used in pretty much everything in life: food, work, relationships, etc. If you go through the motions you are not getting maximal results. So, asses what you actually want, and then do what's smart an right to actually achieve those things.
This post obviously wasn't supposed to be a detailed description about HOW to do all these things. it was really meant to raise the question to all you about how you approach your training. I know all the clients and athletes who come in to The Garage get some pretty in-depth programming. But I think it only fair that all people get the chance to get the same gains: BIG ones! So, take your training seriously, constantly question the program so you can keep growing it, and don't push through something that doesn't make any sense! Train intelligently.
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