Strength Basics

Getting stronger, fitter, and healthier by sticking to the basics. It's not rocket science, it's doing the simple stuff the right way. Strength-Basics updates every Monday, plus extra posts during the week.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Breaking out of your comfort zone I

I think of a comfort zone as being an area where you are reassured by, and at ease with, both the doing and the results of doing the activity. You know how it'll be to do it and basically what you will get.

What is your comfort zone in exercise?

Is it steady state cardio? Three sets of 10 reps? Singles and doubles?

Is there a way you always exercise, either by design or default, without varying it?

Are their lifts you always do in the same manner, for the same reps, or even for the same weight?

Training is about adapting to new stimuli, so the idea of a comfort zone of exercising is a counter-intuitive one. You are essentially trying to force adaptation by doing the same thing over and over.

Over the next few posts, I plan to talk about "comfort" and its role in changing and challenging your body.

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