Evolution in Workouts: How to Understand Your Pace and Avoid Injuries?
Learn how to track and understand your progress in workouts and achieve your desired body much faster. Check out the tips!
Evolution in workouts is one of the most researched topics in fitness blogs. After all, there’s nothing more frustrating than going to the gym every day, rain or cold, and not seeing the results you want – muscles growing, the body shaping as you desire.
That’s why today, we will explain the best strategies for you to understand your pace, map your growth, and achieve results much faster.
And the best part, it will be a short article. In less than 15 minutes, you will have read everything you need and be able to run to the gym and track your results.
Agreed? Fantastic, then let’s get started!
Evolution in Workouts vs. Biological Individuality
In any physical training plan, it is essential to recognize and respect the individuality of each person. This means that each of us will have our own pace of evolution and adaptation to exercises. There’s nothing we can do about it, as these characteristics are influenced by a variety of external factors, including genetics, age, initial physical condition, nutrition, stress, sleep, profession, living environment, etc.
For example, some people may notice significant improvements in their strength and endurance after just a few weeks at the gym, while others may take months for the first changes to occur. This simply reflects the fact that we are all unique and, as such, respond to exercise in different ways.
This understanding is essential to set realistic expectations about progress and avoid harmful comparisons. Trying to copy someone else’s progress is not advisable, as each body has its starting point and its own pace of advancement.
Moreover, recognizing biological individuality can help prevent injuries. When we ignore our uniqueness and try to keep up with someone who trains with us, we are led beyond our healthy limits, increasing the risk of injuries and exhaustion.
Therefore, it is crucial to understand your own body, respect your limits, and progress at your own pace. Now, here are some tips for you to make a more conscious self-assessment.
Training is Climbing a Staircase, Not Fighting a Giant
Periodization and gradual progress are two essential strategies for safe and effective evolution in training. Just remember that the body needs time to adapt to the physical stress imposed by workouts. Here’s how to do it:
Periodization refers to the systematic organization of training into specific cycles or phases over time (such as a year, a season, or a training cycle).
Each phase has a specific goal, such as developing endurance, strength, speed, or recovery.
The idea of periodization is to optimize performance and minimize the risk of injuries and fatigue, aligning training with individual capabilities and peak performance moments.
Gradual progress, also known as the principle of progression, is a fundamental strategy to increase the difficulty of exercises over time.
Basically, this principle suggests that the intensity and volume of training should be increased slowly as you progress. It aims to give the body the opportunity to adapt to the increased physical stress and prepare for heavier exercises.
Think of it this way – by increasing the workload rapidly, you may put yourself at risk. On the other hand, if you always stay in the comfort zone of exercises, you will never achieve the desired results.
Strategies to Monitor Your Growth
Monitoring and evaluating your progress are essential to understanding how your body is responding to exercises. Additionally, they serve as great sources of motivation on the toughest days. Let’s see how to do it:
Keep a Workout Journal
Writing down your workouts, including the exercises performed, the loads used, the number of sets and repetitions, the duration of workouts, and even how you felt during and after each session, can provide valuable information about your progress.
Moreover, the very act of sitting down and writing about the exercise makes you think about them, which facilitates learning the correct movements.
Test Your Performance from Time to Time
Performance tests, such as 1RM (one-repetition maximum) for strength, for endurance, for flexibility, etc., are essential for you to feel the results.
For example, you can assess if your stretches have improved or if you can handle more weight, etc. Always keep a record of your “safe maximum potential.” Whether it’s in running, weightlifting, or anywhere else. This will be important to keep track of progress.
Understand Your Body in Recovery and Fatigue
Signs like sleep quality, energy levels, mood, appetite, and post-workout muscle soreness can provide valuable clues about how your body is recovering from training. If you constantly feel exhausted, have trouble sleeping, lose appetite, or experience prolonged muscle soreness, you may be overtraining.
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Thank you for reading, and until next time!
Sooro Renner – Nutrition that generates results.