This series of articles (March – April 2015) covers the science of muscle development for physique transformation, and the coupling of technology with new training techniques for faster gains. Each article slowly builds upon the information from the previous)
You might be able to relate to this.You’ve been training a while and gains were good at first – the weights were going up and you could see the changes in your physique almost on a weekly basis. Then it all plateaued.
Or possibly you have been training a few years and on previous diet attempts, found yourself heading quickly to the weight you were at before bulking up. In other words, despite the weight gain over the last year, it seems that not much of it was muscle?
Unfortunately, this is a common problem. Things just seem to slow down or stop. Well let me tell you something – there’s hope.
Technology now makes it possible to gather detailed training data – and in this data lies the secret to finding what best works for you – in effect, this technology reveals your genetic code. It’s pretty cool stuff.
Let me back track first for a bit.
It seems that up until now, weight training – particularly that done for physique transformation – has been missing half the “formula” for results and growth.
Weight training has often been maligned as a “dumb” sport – those in the population who are genetically gifted in the physical department can simply pick up a weight and grow. This is simply untrue.
We’re not all made the same. Some find it easier than others to achieve physical results. There’s no denying great success in physical endeavours requires great dedication and an intelligent approach.
This is evident at the Olympic level and with professional athletes. This group of people have at their disposal, their God-given physical talents as well as coaches who are highly knowledgeable in nutrition and performance training techniques.
Advances in technology now make available to everyone, detailed analysis of their training habits – and in this data lies the secret to finding what best works for you. Technology can reveal your genetic code and how to best use it to your advantage.
It’s time to lose the “not so bright” perception! Those heavily involved in training with weights will become the new local experts on all matters relating to physical development and “physique transformation”.
Professionals in the sport industry understand nutrition and losing body fat. Now, it seems, science and technology are ushering in a new era of knowledge relating to the actual physical aspects (i.e. the “stimulation” and “overload”) that we have been unknowingly been short-changing due to the inability to assess all the important aspects.
The latest smartphones have more computing power than computers of 20 years ago. Combined with wearable technology with tri-axis accelerometers and gyroscopes as well as blue-tooth connectivity provides the equivalent of a high-tech lab of the 1980’s.
As technology “decodes” and analyses our movements and training statistics to a very fine degree, greater knowledge to maximise this knowledge will be required in the areas of:
- Work Rate/Intensity
Most gym members will have easy access to high-tech solutions to optimise their training according to detailed computer analysis virtually at, or even beyond, the Olympic level of 20 years ago. This means there’s never been a better time to train with knowledge coupled with new technology.
I don’t know about you but this sounds pretty cool to me. But there’s always going to be room for knowledge – just like these 5 takeaway tips.
AMP Your Workout Smart Tips:
- We have been missing vital information regarding the “stimulation” aspects of our training – we were not able to measure them and were not even aware of their importance.
- Lack of proper data and the assessment of muscle system performance, meant that workouts, in most cases, are far below what the muscle systems can achieve – and this slows or completely stalls results.
- You can use technology to break the cycle and keep seeing changes in your physique.
- Science and technology is our new teacher. It can reveal your genetic code and how to best use it to your advantage.
- The regular gym member now has access to high-tech solutions to optimise their training, so there’s never been a better time to achieve results.