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On "Muscle Confusion"

Wednesday, December 05, 2012

Some may have seen the misapplication of homeostatic disruption dubbed "muscle confusion". This is marketing speak and doesn't hold much value. Doing different things for the sake of doing different things is pointless. When you can no longer progress at what you are doing, then and only then is it time to change. This doesn't necessarily mean different exercises, it means going about disruption in a different way. A runner may try improving a 5K time by doing hill sprints or logging distance runs. A weight lifter may temporarily decrease weight and increase reps or increase weight and decrease reps (or a combination of both). Both endurance and strength athletes may increase or decrease volume of training (periodization). This cannot necessarily be programmed in a video, you must determine why your body is not responding and try different methods. While your body IS responding to the stimulus (i.e. you're progressing by putting more weight on the bar or increasing reps per set or both), keep going. Milk those gains for as long as you can.
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    I never bought that load of horse hockey anyways that Beach Body was trying to sell us. I just try to do what works for me and adjust accordingly.
    1857 days ago
    Too much disruption gets me kicked out, almost every time. And regarding your second to last statement: doesn't everyone put on more weight at the bar? That's why it's best just to stay away from the bar altogether. If you're a runner, you can increase your performance by sprinting away from the bar. For a full 5K, if possible. That ought to cause some muscle confusion. I learned that in a video I watched. emoticon
    1897 days ago
    Agree. (I thought that's what it was all about anyway...)
    No cookie cutter method here either.
    1900 days ago
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