The human body doesn’t care that you want to lose fat, build muscle, get toned, become stronger, improve performance or just look good naked.
All your body knows and cares about is keeping you alive and functioning as efficiently as possible. The body is smart and capable enough to do whatever it needs to adapt to its environment to reach this goal as well.
So if your goal is to lose fat, build muscle, improve performance or just look good naked you need to create an environment that proves to your body that in order for it to survive these changes and improvements MUST be made.
In other words, you body will not change or improve unless you force it to.
So if you have currently stopped making improvements in your fitness, your weight hasn’t budged etc your body has adapted to the current conditions that you have set it and you need to make some changes.
Progressive overload principle states the human body must be forced to adapt to a tension that is above and beyond what it has previously experienced.
Ways of progressive overload includes:
– increasing the amount of reps
– increasing the weight
– reducing the rest periods
It is not necessary to change all of them at once.
Your goal is to some how beat what you have done previously, if you can do this regularly (while maintaining form) and form some type of gradual progression over time you are giving your body a reason to continue to change and improve.
Results are then guaranteed to follow.