posted on February 9, 2022
We all know that humans tend to be creatures of routine and habit. This same concept goes for how we train in the weight room. We can tend to become narrow minded and focused on something so specific that we forget to include a variety in how we train.
The body will adapt to any demand that is placed on it. However, if you’re repeating the same training regimen for too long without variety in your exercises, your body will become much less responsive and lose the ability to continue to adapt. By creating a new stimulus, this will help to introduce more progress over time. For example, say that you have box jumps programmed into your routine for 4 weeks. I’m not saying that you should stop doing them all together after 4 weeks, but instead you should try to change aspects such as the number of repetitions and sets that you are doing or introducing things such as decreased rest periods, increased box height, or adding in seated jumps vs. standing. Another example could be for those of you who primarily train aerobically several days per week. Trying to incorporate some strength and mobility training exercises within your program as well could help you see some different or enhanced progress down the road.
Variation in your training can also include introducing new things such as trying out a new group class, getting outside to hike/bike/etc. I know it has been ridiculously cold recently but take advantage of the rare sunny days that we get in the winter and get out and get moving. Doing this may help you avoid possible boredom and increase your adherence to staying active. You don’t have to do different things every week and switch up your routine daily, however, just be sure to spice things up and don’t be hesitant to try out some new exercises and ways to be active.