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General Adaptation Syndrome

Have you ever wondered why working hard is sometimes not enough when it comes to performance training? It makes sense that if you train hard you’ll get, faster, stronger and ultimately better. If just training hard was the key there would be many more accomplished athletes at the elite level. Elite level athletes are motivated, focused and have no aversion with extremely demanding training. I have seen some really nasty workouts in my day. Even with brutal training some of these individuals do not reach their full potential and are not successful in their sport or performance. Why? Training at 100% effort on a daily basis does not allow for optimal recovery, adaptation and super compensation. Training intensely every three to five days will not provide optimum super compensation along with bio motor adaptations.  There is a correct recipe. Program design variables, intensity, frequency, volume and duration must be implemented and adjusted accurately. Take a look at these two program examples.

What differences do you find? Prescribing only exercises is just the beginning. With that mindset then performing every exercise you can think of should do the trick. Just because you have chosen the correct exercise  doesn’t mean you will improve.

Let’s look at a prescription for medicine that is written by your medical doctor. Actually you most likely can’t read it. The prescription is written in Latin. What do you see first?  The type of medicine. Next we see dosage and duration. Even physicians use this principle. Just taking the medicine alone will most likely not be enough to improve your condition. How long and how much you take is vital.

It’s written that way for a reason. Tell your doctor you have cut short your antibiotic medicine and see what they say!