“It is not the volume of work, but the correct construction of the training system in the diversity of physical exercises that is especially important.”
— N.P. Laputin and V.G. Oleshko, Soviet weightlifting coaches
My experience in bodybuilding, eduction in exercise science and neuromuscular therapy combined with treating people who have myofascial pain has provided me with a unique view on exercise. My philosophy is simple: to put both myself and my clients in the best possible environment to maximize the results of training while at the same time preventing myofascial pain and dysfunction.
My education in NMT has enabled me to have a specialized understanding of the central nervous system (CNS), which has a major influence on my exercise philosophy. My belief is that neurology rules the body and in order for training to be effective, the construct of an exercise routine needs to maximize the stimulation of the CNS while simultaneously accounting for the law of accommodation.
The CNS transmits an impulse that enables skeletal muscle to contract. The more stimulation the CNS receives the more motor units will fire. Simply put: a greater input will create a greater output. The greater amount of motor units that fire, the stronger one is. With the ability to get stronger comes to ability to increase muscle mass.
“Motor units that are recruited but not fatigued are not trained. Only motor units which are recruited and exhausted are subject to training stimulus of the set.” (Zatsiorky, 1992)
Law of Accommodation
“You won’t become any faster or stronger after three weeks on the same training cycle because of the biological law of accommodation. This is often considered a general law of biology.”
– V.M. Zatsiorsky
Exercise training is a biological adaptive process. The human body is an adaptive organism that will adapt to the stress of exercise with increased fitness, if the exercise stress is great enough to disrupt homeostasis. The stress should be sufficient to stimulate an adaptation, but not so severe that breakdown and injury occur. Therefore, exercise training is beneficial only as long as it forces the body to adapt to the stress of physical effort. If the stress is not sufficient to overload the body and disturb homeostasis, then no adaptation occurs. If a stress cannot be tolerated, then injury or over-training results.
My objective of training is to systematically stress the body so it improves its capacity to exercise. Significant improvements will occur when the appropriate exercise stresses are applied. The stressors will cause our bodies to adapt from the stimulation and evolve into what are training objectives are (hypertrophy, increased strength, etc.).
The construct of a successful training program should be to integrate the law of accommodation and neurology together.
Adaptation requires a systematic application of exercise stress and neurological stimulation. Exercise stressors and neurological simulators include: resistance, repetition ranges, repetition tempo, sets, exercise selection, etc. The stressors and stimulators are only narrowed by ones lack of creativity. The stressors and stimulators have to be manipulated and altered as the body evolves and adapts to these stressors.