You go to the gym and do your same workout everyday and you are not seeing progress like you did in the beginning. What happened? You’ve hit a plateau because your muscles have adapted to that same old routine. You need muscle confusion STAT!
Muscle confusion is all about variety. Instead of doing the same workout daily, you should surprise your body, and keep it guessing. Challenge yourself to new exercises and routines to work different muscles. Take different fitness classes like boot camp, or hot yoga once in awhile. Your body will become stronger. Celebrities such as Matthew McConaughey swear by muscle confusion and will tell you that it works.
By keeping your body guessing, you will avoid the plateau effect. Muscle confusion is a great and effective method because it doesn’t allow for the development of a comfort zone, which is a common problem in most workout routines. If you do the same workout every day, you are just going through the motions of a workout and not really challenging yourself nor will you see progress. The human body will adapt under stress and pressure and to a ho-hum routine. Your workout efforts go un-noticed, your body unchanged, and your wondering what your not doing to see results. You need to shock and surprise your muscles, confuse them. By changing up your workouts, you will confuse your muscles and your body will not have time to adapt. When you challenge your muscles and push yourself you will consistently see the benefits of your hard work.
Muscle confusion is great for your mind as it is for your body. If you are going to work out daily, you should truly enjoy it. Your workouts should be anything but boring so mix it up and challenge yourself. Have fun! Boot camp is a great source for muscle confusion, just saying… Whether you want to try something new or stick your workout routine, you need to push yourself in new ways with muscle confusion. Confuse your muscles and see the progress you’ve been waiting for.
Trainer Tip: Change your workout routine every 3-4 weeks for constant muscle confusion.
Ready. Set. Get Fit!
Darese, ISSA CFT, Certified Boot Camp Instructor
Sources: Men’s Fitness Magazine, and Fitist