We all know that cartilage, tendons and ligaments adapt more slowly than muscles. The standard recommendation to make progress is to increase the weight you lift by 2-3% every workoout. Now this may be ok and safe in terms of muscle adaption, but what about your tendons, ligaments and what I am personally most concerned about; cartilage.
How much can you increase the weights you lift by week/month in order to make sure your cartilage adapts. I read somewhere that it takes a month for a muscle to fully adapt,up to six months for tendons and ligament,and as much as several years for cartilage. Thoughts? Links with actual scientific evidence? I have a knee cartilage problem, and I just want play it safe.