Are you tired of hitting plateaus in your fitness journey? wondering why you’re not seeing the changes you expected? We understand your frustration, and we’re here to introduce you to the game-changing concept of progressive overload.
What is Progressive Overload?
Progressive overload is the key principle that lies at the heart of every successful fitness journey. In essence, it involves gradually increasing the demands placed on your body during exercise. This can be achieved by manipulating various aspects of your training, such as intensity, volume, frequency, or duration. The principle is based on the idea that in order for your body to adapt and grow stronger, it must be challenged with increasingly difficult stimuli over time.
Why Progressive Overload Matters
Imagine walking into TMB for the first time. You start with manageable weights and movements, and as your body adapts, those initial challenges become easier. This is where progressive overload steps in to keep you from hitting a plateau. Without increasing the demands on your body, it has no reason to continue adapting. This is why some people see initial improvements but then stagnate in their progress.
Applying Progressive Overload: How We Do It
- Structured Training Programs: Our experienced trainers design structured training programs that incorporate the principles of progressive overload. You’ll start with a solid foundation and gradually increase the difficulty of your workouts as you advance.
- Weight Progression: Whether you’re lifting dumbbells, kettlebells, or working with bodyweight exercises, our trainers will guide you in gradually increasing the weight or resistance you use, ensuring a continuous challenge.
- Volume and Frequency: We help you find the right balance between the number of sets and repetitions you perform, as well as how often you train. Adjusting these variables is essential for avoiding stagnation.
- Variety and Complexity: As you become more proficient in basic movements, we introduce more complex exercises to keep your body adapting and growing.
Tracking Your Success
Tracking your workouts is a great way of managing your volume, holding yourself accountable on both good and bad days and visualising your success! Recording your workout doesn’t need to be complicated and often for your eyes only, so do it in the way that is most convenient for you. Check out the Tracking tab in our TMB app!
Embracing the Journey
In the world of fitness, there’s no shortcut to success. It’s a journey that requires dedication, consistency, and the right guidance. At TMB we’re here to support you every step of the way.