One of the most common things we hear from people who start training with Static Contraction is how difficult they find the training frequency. Not because it’s frequent, but because it’s infrequent.
Everyone has been bombarded with “three times a week” for as long as anyone can remember. Even medical doctors will repeat the advice, ‘do strength training three times a week.’ Also, many people spread the gym myth that “muscle starts to atrophy within 48 hours of a workout.” So trusting people have a mental vision of their muscles drying up and withering to insignificance if they don’t get back to the gym every couple of days.
I think this has happened because nobody used any unit of measurement to clearly show that today’s workout used more strength than yesterday’s workout. On a treadmill or other aerobic exercise device you get some metrics of the speed you moved and the distance and the incline and perhaps the calories burned. (For what that approximation is worth.)
But when it comes to conventional weightlifting you don’t have a clue whether today’s bench press of two sets of 14 reps with 185 lbs in 3.8 minutes is an improvement or regression from two days ago when you did two sets of 16 reps with 180 lbs in 4.1 minutes. (Bad news, the second workout regressed in both momentary and sustained intensity – therefore your body has no reason to grow new muscle after today’s exercise.) Oops. Wasted trip to the gym. Again.
When people stop strength training blindly and use measurements to see whether a workout was productive they notice something – you can’t train three days a week and make steady progress. Oops again. Everybody was giving you dumb advice all these years.
In fact, those wasted workouts just make it harder for your body to fully recover so it can grow. Which robs you of progress week after week. Sound familiar?
So Here’s My Question For YOU
I’d like to have a bunch of comments below this post where people training with Static Contraction or Power Factor report how often they workout at stages of their strength training. This would really help the newbies who are having a hard time believing it’s actually smart to stay out of the gym. Jump in, this is a friendly place.
Please tell us, how often are you are training and still seeing improvements?