Two nerdy fitness-buffs talk about exercise, eating right, and not being a dumb ass. Also stuff for Tactical Athletes and others.
Today’s principle is the Trainability principle.
This is a very simple concept; the more the body is trained in a particular skill, the less additional improvement is possible.
Also known as the “law of diminishing returns” and is applied by acknowledging the fact that every body has its own limits.
This is also seen by beginners at weight lifting - while they keep the same strength training regimen up they will start off with “leaps and bounds” of strength gains, but after some time they will start to gain in smaller increments until (possibly) leveling off. Many individuals prevent this drop off of increases by changing their routines when the drop off is noticed.
Example - I started lifting on flat bench press, when I first left for Iraq, at 95 lbs of weight with 12 10 and 8 reps per session. Half way through my deployment I noticed that my gains weren’t very high compared to the first two months (I was lifting 185 lbs by then, but maxing at 225). I changed my routine to use 5x5’s (5 sets of 5 reps) and was able to increase my gains enough to max out at 250, and be repping 215 lbs by the end of my deployment, which all in all was about 7 months.
So change up your routines every now and then!
Sorry it’s been so long, work got the best of me since it’s a new new job for me.
Part 5 is known as the Transfer Principle!
This is based with performance factors (strength, endurance, flexibility, etc.) being independent of one another, therefore improvement in one factor of one type of performance will transfer to another type of performance only to the degree at which the two factors have correlating or identical principles.
Because that’s got big words and I don’t like big words, here is another way to look at it and then an example: performance in one area of physical improvement will only help another area if the two have similar stuff going on.
Example: Tennis and badminton are similar sports when it comes to factors used in performance. This means some skills (cardiorespiratory endurance, specific aspects of arm and racquet swings, and running/walking around the court) can transfer from one sport to the other; however, because the wrist of a tennis players limb holding the racquet is typically firmly locked while a badminton players wrist is used in a snapping motion, most tennis players will have a difficult time in badminton until they can learn the new swinging method.
Another example to be sure: Football defense players have a tackle that is similar to hockey players, but there are still several differences between the two; this includes skating vs running, holding a stick vs just arms, and temperature around the players. Thanks to this, the players switching from one sport to another would have a difficult time correctly tackling or blocking until they have enough time to become adept in the adjusted performance techniques and factors.
Again, sorry it took so long, I will definitely be trying to keep this going better. Only 8 more to go!!!
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