We saw in an earlier article that we have fallen prey to three key factors that have slowed our training progress. 1) Paradigms on how best to train, reinforced by those who do actually respond well to those standards; 2) Lack of knowledge of the a) complete set of elements within a muscle system that shape it and govern the performance factors, b) the interaction of those elements since it is them working as a complete unit that create the output, and c) lack of knowledge of the variables that affect (or rely upon principally) the different elements; and 3) A means of measuring all the factors that constitute the load on the muscle system that prompts it to recover and compensate for the effects of the overload that just occurred.
That lead us to wanting to question and understand ALL the variables of a training session (exercise) that we can measure and vary in future to test the different effects of the different load profile (i.e. a strength load as in heavy weight, with low reps, or an endurance load, with high reps with a lighter weight, or a high stress load with long time under tension with a high “duty-cycle” such that there is little or no break in the tension between each repetition)
To answer the questions above and illustrate the process, we can again use an example, building upon the previous one. We intuitively “know” the answers – as you will now see. …Read more