Confused muscles and failing to succeed The fitness world is full of jargon and wild ideas. We are called upon to utilise interval training, manage oxygen debt, confuse muscles, find the perfect supersets and encourage fast twitch fibres to build muscle. Or something like this. To make unbelievable gains in my levels of bodybuilding awesomeness I must train to failure. That one never sat well with me. Just because it sounds good, doesn’t always mean it is how to exercise. Enter the internet, and its amazing ability to contradict itself. To fully exploit the internet every user should know this rule: select only what suits you. Who cares about what is true about workout exercises, or even what makes more sense. Training to failure means I must finish each set, or maybe just the last one, only when I physically cannot do anymore. Some studies even show that it doubles one’s strength increase. These studies are full of cautions on when to and when not to use this method. Doing something until the body gives up, it seems, is dangerous if not done correctly. I prefer to read the studies that show improving form, always performing exercises correctly, is better for the body. They say training to failure is only a way to gauge my limits so I can safely keep under this and over time build past it so as not to over train or injure myself. According to my preferred section of the internet, it is not important to collapse in a blubbering heap unable to continue. So within the bounds of my ability, how can I push the limits? Bruno Mars instructs me to confuse my muscles! Well he doesn’t exactly, but he endorses a P90x workout suggesting it may lead to sex. The P90x plan is just one of many exercise programs high on the idea of muscle confusion. More jargon. Apparently muscles adapt quickly to an exercise and plateau, so to combat this I must constantly change the workout. Target the same muscles but in a different way. The internet quite vehemently hates this idea. I find many articles that laugh at muscles being aware enough to be baffled. To build muscle, they say, keep doing the same workout exercises and increase intensity or weight. Muscle confusion will not help because a workout needs to be rigid, and balanced by rest and a good diet. Changing a workout may be detrimental to muscle growth. But I like the idea of muscle confusion. I am under no illusions. Almost every ...to continue reading the rest of the article please, click here.
Published on Nov 28, 2011
Published on Nov 28, 2011
Enter the internet, and its amazing ability to contradict itself. To fully exploit the internet every user should know this rule: select onl...