I like to think of physical training as a conversation.
At least, I think that’s a useful way to look at it.
Often magazines and other sources talk about “forcing” progress and other synonyms, but just think of the connotations of that.
Last time you were forced to do something, did you do it to the best of your abilities? Or just as little as possible/necessary?
When you train your body, you select movements because they relate to your goals.
You could look at this as selecting the words in your message to your body.
You choose those movements to say “THIS is what I want to get good at. The parts that relate to this movement are what I want to change.”
So that covers your side of the conversation, but this isn’t a monologue we’re talking about.
You have given your body stress, with your message. A stimulus to respond to.
And respond it shall. It has to. Any stress must be resolved; your body just tries to resolve stress without breaking.
Obviously, I want you to be “listening” to the response; that’s part of the foundation of Gym Movement Biofeedback protocols.
However, there is another consideration… is the message getting through clearly enough?
Consider this: I am speaking to you, right now, via this website. (Hi!)
If you are reading this, you are getting the message, at least at some level.
But what if I threw some Flash advertisements over it?
What if I was trying to sell you on unrelated crap in the middle of my article?
What if I go off on too much of a tangent? (Guilty, sometimes; mostly in articles I never end up posting!)
You might still get the message, but the point may not be as clear.
Try considering how this might relate to your training and health practices.
- Are you doing so many different movements that you never truly emphasise which ways need to get better the most and fastest? (CrossFit, anyone?)
- Are you training too densely, when what you want is fresh strength? Are you training strength too much, when what you need is endurance?
- Are you spending all day in positions that are bad for you, then trying to be “good” in the gym? Why aren’t you trying to improve the rest of the day?
Your body will action your message; it has to. “Adaptation has no off switch.”
But is your message loud and clear? Are you getting better at what you want to be better at or is the static of your life drowning out your signal?