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What is Variation and why does it Matter? – Wandering Web

Variation is extremely important in creating the correct stimulus to provide fitness results. Without variation, your body would get too efficient at your specific training method, and your improvement would halt. This is a very good, straightforward video done by the guys at Juggernaut Training:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VGaiCNbZocE&mc_cid=9aed3997b2&mc_eid=761f1383b8

Along these same lines, too much variation can be very ineffective, as well. As this article details, if all you ever do is change up your routine and never take the time to improve specific movements, you won’t improve either. This is why we have a programmed strength plan at Summit Strength. While this article is a little over critical of CrossFit it is still worth the read:

https://www.t-nation.com/training/crossfit-and-functional-training

Dan John is one of my favorite fitness writers. He is always straight to the point, doesn’t get dogmatic, and writes articles that you and I can actually utilize. This one, published by T Nation, gets into why variation is still important. If you get too good at something, it stops being useful! When you hate doing an exercise, unless it is painful, it is probably helping you:

https://www.t-nation.com/training/how-to-train-for-non-stop-fat-loss

This article has nothing to do with variation, but it’s a great article and I happened to stumble across it this week. There is a reason that not every single day in the gym is as hard as the last. Just like you need to change up exercises, there is a need to have some easier days mixed in with all the hard ones. Additionally, by taking steps to aid in your recovery process you can ensure that your body heals and adapts well to training. This article details some ways to improve your results, without really doing any more work: http://breakingmuscle.com/strength-conditioning/the-gaps-in-your-training-arent-in-the-gym

 

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