Eight Questions You Must Have Answered Before Choosing a Gym For Fat Loss or Burning Muscle
Question #5: Do they change your program every 4-6 weeks?
The body is smart and constantly adapting. Whenever we apply a stimulus, the body adapts. However, if we don’t change that stimulus often enough, the body will become stale, get used to the demands, and stop adapting, which leads to no progress. The basic premise then is to continually increase or change the stress to continue making progress. However, most coaches and trainers tend to define stress as “load on the bar.” This is short sighted.
Everyone knows that training load needs to be progressively increased, but not everyone seems aware that training stimulus needs to be periodically varied. This variety helps us to avoid the “equal and opposite effect” problem which we will talk about in the next question. It also allows us to implement new methods in the program to keep you from getting stale.
Ask your prospective gyms if they adjust exercise order, exercises themselves, sets, reps, rep spreed, rest period, load used, and fitness equipment (dumbbells vs barbells or sandbags, kettlebells, medicine balls, for example). It is smart practice to be aware and utilize all of the variables when designing programs.
Name of Gym: ___________________________________________
This gym is going to offer the most direct route to my destination goals.
____ Yes ____ No
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