@teamsalomon_ Instagram Profile 15 March, 2019

I think variations may not be inherent to progress but could help with longevity in the sport. Constantly targeting muscle fibers with the same movement pattern could potential trigger some joint chronic pain even with proper execution (wear and tear). I believe switching things up a bit in each mesocycle (just changing the force vector angle or going from open to closed chain movement) can promote better health preservation at the joint.

@pfan5 Instagram Profile 15 March, 2019

False. For muscle growth you need progressive overload.

@teamsalomon_ Instagram Profile 15 March, 2019

@olliemitfit I agree with most of what you’re saying except the part about “muscles not knowing the weight they carry”. Yes they do and that’s why mechanical tension on the muscle is relative to the intensity you train with (load on the bar). Yes you will make gains with 30% of 1RM. But that’s taking into account that you’re training to failure. Because the first reps won’t be recruiting nearly as many contractile unit as if it was under an 80% of 1RM tension. So yeah, they know the difference.

@redpath123 Instagram Profile 15 March, 2019

Reading these comments, it’s really reassuring knowing how many “experts” there are out there.. thank you.

@redpath123 Instagram Profile 15 March, 2019

Reading these comments, it’s really reassuring knowing how many “experts” there are out there.. thank you.

@redpath123 Instagram Profile 15 March, 2019

Reading these comments, it’s really reassuring knowing how many “experts” there are out there.. thank you.

@svenvndnbrgh Instagram Profile 15 March, 2019

@themusclephd Variation is also needed to keep motivation up --> which indirectly influences long term/max growth --> as you said extremely important for sure 🤠

@ragingreformist Instagram Profile 15 March, 2019

True without a doubt!
Our bodies are extremely adaptive to almost everything!
As Arnold said 🙏 your body grows in a state of shock!
Surprise it with different exercises will trigger growth!

@garrickclig Instagram Profile 15 March, 2019

Can’t have one with out the other ☯️

@jared_countess Instagram Profile 15 March, 2019

Maximize....? Less variation and more overload is more important than more variation. But this is a loaded statement. I would say 8-10 exercises per body part is the max anyone needs for growth. But 1 or 2 of those will be different person to person and may change slightly year to year.

@dr_pmann Instagram Profile 15 March, 2019

Depends on your goals, including how resistant you want to be to a broad spectrum of injuries.

@craig__nel Instagram Profile 15 March, 2019

False... You need variation in your routine to stimulate different muscles /muscle fibres... Don't jump around all over the place like a newbie who's overdosed on preworkout, but just enough to not let your muscles get too comfortable 💪 💯

@realmohammadrezaparishan2 Instagram Profile 15 March, 2019

I'm 20 years old and I'm advance bodybuilder and for more fat burning in aerobic exercises I use aspirin, is it good or not?
If it is good, please give it dose

@lucasgnewuch Instagram Profile 15 March, 2019

Not adding variations and different exercises would be like having sex in the same position all the time it would get the job done but not optimal and gets boring

@acevescruz Instagram Profile 15 March, 2019

True but exercise variation helps target those other muscles not really used

@titan_coach Instagram Profile 15 March, 2019

False. Switch once the progression is slowed - which it Will- and to create new stimulus. Everyone has felt when they get a new program how it affects their body.

@christopherzdanowicz Instagram Profile 15 March, 2019

You can only grow so much with progressive overload and switching things up. Put it this way I ve been stuck at 188 pounds of muscle. Even with steroids. So taking time out and actually gaining now natural in strength wise weather new muscle time will tell. But perhaps it’s about hormonal levels and catabolism. It’s just finding the right approach.

@tyrannical_fitness Instagram Profile 15 March, 2019

Different angles work different muscles, so yes, you also need exercise variation.

@clintjonathansmith Instagram Profile 15 March, 2019

When i train hard, the same thing works. But when i do something i haven't done for months it hurts even more. I think the body adapts to anything ( HIIT, Weider style, Heavy Duty, high reps, etc) and after some time it still works but it stops working AS WELL.

@jrthomas.jp Instagram Profile 15 March, 2019

The key word here that makes the answer simple is “maximize” growth.
At least assuming we’re talking about experienced lifters (1+ years). I always used the weighted grade scale as an example, with exercise variation holding the highest weight for breaking plateaus.
Can you ace everything else on the syllabus & still pass? Probably, but you’re nowhere near “maximizing” your growth. You’ll likely be at the bottom of the class.

@lowcarbbylj Instagram Profile 15 March, 2019

I personally disagree. I plateau and get SO bored if I don’t vary my workouts!

@ketomack65 Instagram Profile 15 March, 2019

Someone recently said to me at the gym that the concentration curls they were doing were for variation , but they didn’t feel the movement and get the same effect as there usual cable version. Change just for the sake of change I’m not on board with. Have your go to movements that elicit the desired response , rotate in movements periodically that work well for you , but if constantly changing exercises progressive overload becomes hard to assess.

@mocgroupptyltd Instagram Profile 16 March, 2019

Compounds stay the same.bench ,deadlift ,squat are the mass builders. Carry your isolation movements . Vary reps and load.

@bg_kahuna Instagram Profile 16 March, 2019

Variation is not as important as overload come on now.

@pastormuscle Instagram Profile 16 March, 2019

@them sclephd Keep your foundational movements.
Bench
Overhead Press
Row
Squat
Hinge
Lunge
Build your program around that, and watch the growth happen.

@jarrod_kunjka_pt Instagram Profile 16 March, 2019

@themusclephd
You should be concentrating on the variation that allows you to activate contract and isolate the most. More than progression I’m not too sure. If activating contracting more in a variation that allows you to move less. will that be a more efficient than progressively loading?

@rmontefusco Instagram Profile 16 March, 2019

false, you can certainly gain...but the key here is "maximize"....in that sense, you should introduce smart changes in any routine daily, weekly, monthly, every two or three months, depending on the goals and personal responses to different manipulations.

@reegorg Instagram Profile 17 March, 2019

Variation without enough base is a waste of time.

@abs.aesthetics Instagram Profile 17 March, 2019

Progressive overload for a program is key. And then change in a program ie variation is also vital to shock the muscle. So both of them are equally important.