Have you ever overcompensated on something? You’re driving your car, you start drifting right, so cut the wheel hard to the left, only to swerve and put yourself in harm’s way. Maybe you missed a workout, so you make up for it by doing 2 or 3 day’s worth of workouts, only to be so sore you can’t move for another 2-3 days. Overcompensation has its drawbacks, but it also has some benefits, particularly in your body’s response to workouts. Here is how:
When you work out, you are breaking down your body ever so slightly so it can repair itself and come back stronger and more resilient, but it’s not so simple as workout, create a small muscle tear, and fill the gap with more muscle cells. What is actually happening is a process called “supercompensation.”
To keep it simple, when you work out, your body is responding to stress. Your body will break down in accordance to the stress it encounters. After your workout, your body goes into recovery mode and will repair itself from the previous workout but will also attempt to prepare for the coming challenge of even higher stress. This means it will overproduce what is needed in order to take on the next challenge. We see this sometimes as an increase in certain hormones or an increased production in cells needed for recovery and growth.
There is a catch though. You need to create an optimal environment for recovery to take place and create supercompensation. If you work out and then go to s stressful job, your body likely won’t hit this point. If you don’t sleep much or eat enough, this will blunt the supercompensation effect. It doesn’t mean you won’t make progress; your progress will be slower. Think of supercompensation as a compounding effect. The better you recover, the quicker you make progress, the worse you recover, the slower your progress will be.
If we pair this effect with a minimal effective dose, you will be optimized for progress!
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