🔥 IS YOUR FIXED ROUTINE DIMINISHING MUSCLE GAIN
✅ Depending on your personality and exercise experience you may enjoy a fixed routine or a fluid routine of choosing what you do each day and neither is bad per se. The more experience you gain the more aware one becomes of how you respond to different exercises and in different conditions mentally/physically. So is there a benefit to going one route or the other, the answer is yes when it comes to well trained individuals however everyone can benefit from this concept.
🚨 A recent study looked at auto regulated exercise selection vs. fixed routines, what they found out was if you were allowed to choose your exercises you felt most ready for that day you had a small advantage in gaining muscle mass and strength. This study was only 9 weeks, so longer periods could add up more in theory. This shows us how important the individual state is when it comes to exercise.
🚨 How can you implement this, even if you have a fixed exercise routine you can still use this technique; whenever you’re training gauge your current mood/physical ability and your readiness to complete the exercise you have planned for today, if you don’t feel ready choose some other ones you’re more confident to do, or even switch to training something else you like better. Just because its leg day on the calendar doesn’t mean it’s set in stone and you have to do it or the world will end. If you’d rather do leg press first instead of squats or even switch to back day go for it, just make sure you still do it at the end of the week. This type of selection allows you to achieve a greater exercise volume than you might when having a fixed routine.
Personally I’m a big believer in fluidity of exercise programs, we are not robots and our physiological processes don’t naturally abide by our weekly calendar. So be conscious of your current states when training , design your exercise routine accordingly and don’t be afraid to make changes on the spot.