Everybody keeps telling us to vary our training. They say “mix it up” in order to make progress with muscle building.
They’ve even created a pseudo-scientific name for it – “muscle confusion.”
But I’ll let you in on something. I did this for over a decade and noticed it actually does absolutely NOTHING.
That’s right, mixing up your routine by doing arbitrary exercise in the gym is the biggest waste of time you could engage in.
Actually, with what I know now… I’d choose to not work out at all over going to the gym and doing random routines.
That’s ‘coz there are many things I value in life besides a strong body. If I know I’m engaging in activity that’s not productive, I’d rather use that time to do something else.
…I guess you could say I’m very ‘results oriented.’
Anyway, at the same time everyone tells you to “mix up your routine”… they also have you following rigid workout schedules.
That’s the status quo… right? That’s the “undeniable”, orthodox way to train with weights; you work out on blankety-blank days of the week and you rest on X,Y, and Z days.
But let’s just ask a really crazy question…
Why shouldn’t the gym workout routines be rigid and the rest days between workouts… flexible?
Just hear me out and my question will make more and more sense to you.
Muscles have no mind of their own; they’re just tissue. They have no idea what day of the week it is.
…If you work your biceps today, they have no idea that they need to be stronger by next Tuesday.
And if they’re not stronger by your next scheduled time to work them – which is almost ALWAYS to soon – they won’t grow and you’ve just wasted more time and effort.
If you’re results oriented like I am, then wasting time and effort really sucks.
But back to my point: Our muscles don’t take ‘special instruction’ to be stronger by a certain day just ‘coz that’s the day of the week we’ve scheduled them to be worked.
… And since most everyone makes their weight training routines into a random variable of mixed duration and intensity, the tissue has even less chance to be stronger on a rigid schedule.