Training progressions are designed to make you stronger, better, faster, longer. When training, we must employ strategies that align with our personal needs. Needs are often confused, and at times, completely replaced by wants. These wants often promote the immature cry of “now now now”. You may still act, dream, respond, and finance like a child; however, training like one will result in repeat disappointment. Tissue type can give you an idea of how respecting progression can yield long-term bulletproofing and prevent injury.
The well vascularized tissues we depend on for movement: skeletal (our primary focus), cardiac, and smooth. We often evaluate our progress on this adaptation alone; not to mention, our recovery. And why wouldn’t we? A well developed, supple, and strong tissue of this kind is responsible for great feats of strength, movement, and esthetics. There is a plethora of information and press about this tissue; people get obsessed with its development alongside focusing on specific groupings (hamstrings, GLUTES, quads, biceps, triceps, and chesticles).
- Muscle Regeneration Cycle 3-4 months
The most abundant tissues in your body we depend on for support: proper, cartilage, bone, and blood. Think of the ligaments, and tendons as the cables holding that bridge together. These are often less focused on, usually by those unfamiliar with its importance. They’re not as visible and sexually invigorating as their muscle counterparts; however, they are responsible for holding you together: bind, support, and protect. Well developed, these tissues can lead to feats of strength and aesthetics, while keeping you together for the long haul.
- Connective Regeneration Cycle 7-36 months
"First, we are looking to move the joints through their full ranges of motion. Whereas most strength exercises only move forwards and backwards or up and down, there are many more rotational, circular, and twisting paths that the body can follow. Second, we will use low load and high reps in order to promote blood flow to the desired area, thus helping increase the rate at which the connective tissues, tendons, and ligaments adapt and strengthen." Coach Christopher Sommer
- Feel The Pump
You know that sweet feeling like you’re blowing air into your muscle, expanding the muscle until it fills the entire room.
During a moderate-rep set, the veins taking blood out of working muscles are compressed by muscular contractions. However, the arteries continue to deliver blood into the muscles, creating an increased amount of intra-muscular blood plasma. This causes plasma to seep out of the capillaries and into the interstitial spaces - the areas between muscle cells and blood vessels.
- Mind Muscle Connection
Focus on the butt if your doing a glute bridge, duh.
The mind-muscle connection is a real phenomenon that influences neuromuscular dynamics during resistance training. Think about the tissues when you are lifting; especially how they stretch and contract. Increasing neural drive to the area will stimulate more of the muscle.
- Gather Reps
Controlled Articular Rotations every day and find movement progressions that can allow the increasing amount of controlled quality repetition. That will allow the connective tissue to catch up to the muscular power you are producing. This will soundly develop the base that more advanced movements are built upon.