Eric posted a link to an eZine article written by him regarding Performance, Beginners and Exercise Variety:
Original Post by Eric Troy:
What is Performance?
Most strength trainees think that performance equates only to how much weight is on the bar or other implement. Load is only one of many aspects of performance that must be taken together. In regards to a single strength training exercise performance is, of course, proficiency, but it is also:
Amplitude of Movement
Correction of Technical Faults
All of these factors define how well we perform an exercise. Load on the bar is how much you lift. How much you lift says nothing about how well you lifted it. Put another way, your old pickup truck may be able to haul tons like a champ. But if it burns a quart of oil and drops a universal joint in the process you cannot say it's performing very well.
He went on to make this post on the GUS Facebook Page:
Original Post by Eric Troy:
I just posted a link to an ezine article of mine about exercise variety for beginners. I'm going to use that to make a segue into a series of short posts about "Beginner Strength Training Myths." Here is the first:
1. Beginners will get stronger by not having any (or much variety), as needless variety just slows down their progress that they could have been using for the squat, etc.
The real myth here is actually the myth within the myth, which is a way of thinking about "very fast progress" that beginners can have. The idea is that the FASTEST possible progress is always the best for a beginner, and that this makes a difference down the line.
The fact, however, is that it make NO difference, in the long run, if you have a beginner trainee train like he's running a sprint race for the first several months. It all evens out. Think of it the same way that, even if you try to teach your toddler math and reading, before school, he won't be ahead of the other kids after a little bit of schooling.
Variety doesn't actually slow down progress or learning. That is not to say that a beginner needs a big list of exercises but that having more than just a squat, deadlift, and press is not going to trim 50 pounds off his lifts a few years down the line because he "wasted time with useless variety."
A little variety goes a long way in staving off one very big problem: Training Mundanity. Being bored out of your mind with the same drudgery and mindless repetitive crap day in and out does not help you stick to a productive training career. But, as I wrote in the previous linked article, variety helps you learn to learn.
More to come!
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