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Are You Adapting or Fatiguing?

When you workout, you are trying to get your body to adapt and become fitter. This adaptation is where you lose fat, gain muscle, get more toned, gain stamina, and all the things you need to live the life you have been dreaming of. In order to get this adaptation, you need to start working out. As you work out though, there is a fine line which needs to be addressed.

That line is teaching your body to adapt versus teaching your body to fatigue. There is no doubt that a good workout will leave you feeling a bit tired immediately after, but we need to know the difference between feeling a little tired from a solid effort and feeling fatigued from teaching our body to fatigue.

Every workout should have an intent. In our gym, we have a very specific intent and desired outcome for each workout. The intent is what will drive the adaptation. Are we looking to get your stronger, faster, more flexible? No matter the why, if the workout is done properly, you will get adaptation out of it. If the workout is done improperly, you run the risk of getting an adverse training effect.

Let’s look at 400m run intervals. Let’s say we do 4 rounds of 400m runs with a rest that is equal to the run time. The goal of a workout like this is to improve your 1-mile time and get you faster. With a rest equal to the work, that is an indicator that the run times should be sustainable and repeatable. To get the right training effect, we would want to see scores that remain the same or even improve each round. That would look something like taking 1 minute and 30 seconds per 400m. Doing this would without a doubt get you faster and better prep you for a 1-mile time trial.

Using that same interval, if your times got slower each round, for example 1:00, 1:10, 1:20, 1:30, this would not improve your speed on a 1-mile test, and if anything, would actually begin to train your body how to go slower and fatigue itself. You would be better off starting with the 1:30 pace and then trying to get faster.

Just because you can lift a certain weight, or run a certain speed, does not mean you need to. When training for life and longevity, we must teach our bodies to adapt. If we don’t then we will never be able to reach our goals and have the longevity we desire.

If you are ready to begin living the life you have dreamed of, it’s time to book an intro. You can do that here:

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-Al

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