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To build muscle, you probably know that you need to hit the gym and lift weights. After all, an external stimulus via exercise and resistance training is needed to to break down your muscle tissue and through nutrition, build your muscle back bigger and stronger.
However, your body will eventually adapt to that external stimulus and it will no longer be enough to promote muscle and strength gains. Because of this, you will need to increase your external stimulus to promote further growth. This concept is called progressive overload.
Progressive overload is when you gradually increase the weight, frequency, or number of repetitions in your strength training routine.” You may have heard certain people say “train harder than last time” or “you have to keep pushing yourself.” These are just different ways of saying the same thing, which is progressively overload.
However, in order to maximize your gains through progressive overload, you’ll want to track your progress in order. I know this concept sounds silly in theory and perhaps even unnecessary. But give it a try. You will not believe how helpful tracking your training program with a logbook or on your phone can be. If you’re going into the gym and just winging your program, and guessing the number of reps, sets or the weight you can do, you don’t really have a good grasp of what you need to improve quantitatively. When you can see what it is you have already accomplished in the gym and what you need to improve, your focus and your goals become a lot more clear. If you’re deadlifting 225 for 5 reps right now then you know that as time goes on, either the reps or the weight is something you want to increase in order to progressively overload. And while it might not seem like much, these small improvements over the course of time are what will lead you to building muscle. That and other factors…like nutrition.
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