Similar to almost everything else in life, practice makes permanent, and exercising does not get a pass on this either. If the individual is a veteran runner, they could probably recall the days when they could barely run a mile, or maybe half a mile having to stop along the way. Now, you think back and simply scoff at the thought. Or if the individual visited the gym on a regular basis, they could probably recall as well the days that lifting twenty-five pounds was a struggle, now fifty pounds is the warm-up.
However, once the individual reaches their fitness goals. They might recognize that the body is no longer reacting to challenges in the same way you are accustomed to. The individual is not realizing the same gains as before. This means that the individual has hit an exercise plateau. What has caused this? Could it be that the individual’s body has become accustomed to all the hard work? It has been theorized that if the individual does not mix it up during the workout routine, the body will adjust. The solution for this is known as a training technique referred to as muscle confusion.
Individuals might have heard of the term while working out in the gym. This technique is the main principle behind infamous workout routines such as Insanity and P90X. The idea is that in order for the individual to consistently see gains, muscle confusion must be utilized with diverse workout styles and movements.
This sounds like it should work, however, the truth is that it could, maybe work. Muscles have not internal neurology, therefore they cannot be confused as we know confusion to mean. This is merely a marketing ploy, not a real concept that exists within exercise physiology.
However, with that said, the muscles could adjust to a routine. As the muscles become more efficient and stronger, the movements start to feel easier. This is due to the fact that the individual is becoming better at it. However, this should not be seen as a flaw, it is a good thing and it means that the routine or program is effective and working.
If the individual feels as if they have adjusted to the point where they are not recognizing any further progress. They could begin to utilize progressive overload training in an effort to force the muscles to work even harder. This means adding more weights and or increasing the number of sets or reps. What this does is allow the individual to target every muscle group.
The basic idea is to lift weights that are heavy enough to force the individual to complete fewer reps until they are drained. Then they could add more sets. The design of such workouts is to build on adaptations.
Even though muscle confusion exercises might not make the muscles stronger than just lifting heavier weights. They still offer a huge benefit. What motivated several individuals is variety. If boredom is stopping the individual from heading to the gym, then altering their workout consistently could inspire them to restart. Just bear in mind that there is no physiological reason to do such.
If the individual enjoys their workout regime, there is really no reason to alter it to a different technique. What is more, is that plateaus can be broken through simply by tweaking the program currently being used. However, if the individual becomes bored easily or loves a challenge of a new activity, then they can attempt muscle confusion workouts.