A common question clients have is "didn't I do that exact routine or exercise last time"? It's a thoughtful question which should have a thoughtful answer. Unlike cardio conditioning, weight training offers more training options for targeting specific body parts from multiple angles.
Considering your body is constantly trying to adapt to its training stimulus, this potentially creates big opportunities for producing dramatic results. Here's the truth. Regarding weight training, any little adjustment made, including changing hand or foot positions, in addition changing training angles for the exact same exercise, makes the exercise completely different in terms of how the muscle adapts.
That stated, having all these options and angles available are not always a good thing. In fact, it could slow down training progress. How could that be true you might be wondering? If you are currently looking to hire a trainer or already have one, ask them a few questions like, why having too many options and angles can and will slow progress, and yet, at the same time having all of these options and angles can and will speed up progress? In the meantime, I'll give you some pearls, in other words, wisdom for those of you who are too young.
There are three especially important factors with regard to training angles that play an important role.
1. Training technique - you're only as good as you're technique, period. If your technique is flawed, no matter what angle from which you train, it will be compromised. 2. Training plateaus - to get the best result from resistance training, you should train until you hit that ever dreaded plateau, and stay in the plateau for a specific time before making changes to your routine. No, your eyes are not deceiving you!
3. Train in harmony with your physiology. The essence of your physiology is to coexist with the autonomic nervous system. It's an environment that is in a constant state of change depending on stimulus or lack thereof. A proper training program should be designed in a direct way that works in conjunction with the natural rhythm of the physiology. So, to all you clients out there, if and when you ever ask this question, hopefully, your trainer is legit enough to answer you with a truthful, coherent answer.
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The Truth Talker (Leo Costa Jr)