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Plateau???


#1

Why and how do you plateau if your not overtraining?


#2

You may reach a plateau if you don't change your training style frequently. Variety is important!


#3

It's called neural conditioning. If you don't change your routine, you're neurons reach a higher threshold at which they need to be stimulated before firing. Furthermore, fewer neurons will be recruited (ie. fewer muscles) in order to do lift the same load.


#4

When you say change your routine are you talking about the amount of sets/reps for that exercise or actually changing the whole exercise? I'm about 100% sure you can do either or, but can I stick with one exersice and just change my rep or set scheme and get the same results as if I was to change the exercise and if not, why? I appreciate all of your help.


#5

I'll just bump it once just to try to get one more thought.


#6

change the whole thing get a different exercise to target the muscle from a different stress point change the intensity and volume of your routine. Rep count.


#7

oh yeah as far as the exercise any exp. if you do Bicep curls all the time try a different type of curl like preacher, Zottman, incline, standing, sitting cable, you name it they all target the muscle in a different way so why stick with the same movement all the time?


#8

Cycling the load over a period of time does much the same thing as "Just mix everything up" Look at power and oly lifters--they concentrate on 2-3 lifts and perform (and gain) on them year-round. The secret? Cycling.

Now, this isn't to say that they don't hit Plateaus as well, but I think cycling/periodizing training goes a long way towards eliminating stagnation.

Dan