The more you know about measuring your exercise performance in objective ways, the more you realize how haphazardly most people train.
The members of the new ENGINEERED STRENGTH GYM are enjoying the benefits of having their workouts measured for momentary intensity, sustained intensity and total volumetric intensity among other things.
That means training decisions can be made on hard facts instead of by feel, instinct or chance.
When you do that you can make consisted progress with every exercise on every workout. Below is a graph of the actual progress of eleven workouts of a member of our ENGINEERED STRENGTH GYM. This is exactly what you want to see. The intensity (in this case the Power Factor – with Static Contraction workouts we measure Relative Static Intensity) of each exercise is increasing on each workout.
Have your last 11 workouts gone like this?
Will this person’s graph keep showing perfect progress like this? Probably not.
The fact is, different muscle groups improve at different rates and recovery time is always changing due to increased demands on the whole body.
So pretty soon one or more of these will decline and that’s a clear signal to make adjustments in training. But you only know exactly what adjustments to make if you have a lot of numbers numbers to guide you. That’s how to engineer success.
What can go wrong?
– You could be using the wrong weight to generate maximum output
– You could be performing the wrong number of reps per exercise
– You could be taking too long to complete an exercise
– You could be working out before you are fully recovered
– You could be doing 2, 3 or all of the above at the same time
Once you have objective, meaningful quantification of all of these elements (and more) you can make progress just like the person with these graphs has.
Who keeps track of all that stuff? Nobody, that’s who.
You just lift the weights, we do everything else.