The overload principle
According to legend, a young man named Milo began lifting a small calf every day in order to become stronger. As the calf grew, so did Milo’s strength, until eventually he was lifting a full grown cow. This was the birth of “progressive resistance” exercise, which is still used today. There are three parts to this kind of exercise:
1. Overload. To improve yourself physically (in terms of appearance, endurance, strength and athletic skills) you must do a little more than you are accustomed to doing.
2. Rest and recovery. Give your body time to rebuild.
3. Overcompensation. After your body has recovered and come back to where it started, it will add a little more strength for reserve. This is how we grow stronger.
Physical conditioning is as simple as that: Do a little more than usual, then rest and give your body time to recover and then overcompensate. You might not be placing enough load on your body, or you might not be giving your body enough time to rebuild and overcompensate.
If you do not grow stronger when you increase the load, then try going the other way: Give yourself more time for rest, recovery and overcompensation.
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Of course, numerous other factors are involved in becoming a completely fit person. Besides the physical aspects, there are psychological factors, social considerations, mental conditioning (which is very important) and spiritual development. The Exercise workout and fitness techniques you are learning in this blog can help you in all of these areas.
As we discuss physical training, please remember that you should see your doctor and have a medical checkup before you begin any physical activity that exceeds the level to which you are accustomed. Let your doctor know what you plan to do, and listen to the guidance that this professional offers.
When Ed Bernd Jr. was 5 years old, he had polio. Dr. Robert L. Bennett, a pioneer in the field of physical rehabilitation for polio patients, helped Ed to learn to walk again. Dr. Bennett also taught him a lot of things about exercising and training, many of which are being passed on to you in this blog.
As a teenager, Ed went to Dr. Bennett and asked for an exercise routine, because he still had some lingering effects from the polio.
Instead of giving Ed a calisthenics routine – which he said nobody did anyway – Dr. Bennett recommended that Ed “go to a hardware store and get any of the spring systems or a weight set, and follow the instructions.”
Ed fell in love with weights and has continued to use them for the last four decades. By 1975, weighing about 175 pounds, he was able to do a squat (deep knee bend) with 305 pounds on his shoulders – nowhere near a record – but not bad for someone who lost the use of many of the muscle fibers in his legs at 5 years old.
A year later, he had another outstanding success: eliminating the pain that still persisted in his legs from polio by adapting the Exercise Headache Control Workout and Fitness workout and fitness technique, which you will learn in Exercise 15.
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