What Is Progressive Overload?
Progressive Overload is another term used that refers to increasing the stimulus that your muscles are exposed to, and, there are a number of different ways to achieve this which we will come on to later. The key reason that Progressive Overload is so important is because it is necessary to make progress over time, without it then that simply isn’t possible. The plateaus that people encounter are usually in some way related to a lack of Progressive Overload whether that is because it hasn’t been factored into their program, they aren’t noting down what they do from workout to workout, they don’t understand how to make progress, or simply that they aren’t applying themselves fully.
If you imagine that you want to get really good at improving your cooking! If you keep making the same thing over and over again without trying anything new then you will get to a point in which you can do it with your eyes closed and it no longer challenges you. Think of Progressive Overload as a similar process, if you continue to do the same thing without making it slightly more difficult nothing will change. This would equate to changing the ingredients somehow, maybe making your own pastry instead of using shop bought, you get the idea. Eventually your cooking tekkers will improve, as will your physique if you apply the Progressive Overload principle.