Regardless of how effective a training program is, it should not continue indefinitely without modification. As you adapt to the training plan, the training stress or intensity must be altered to continue to induce positive adaptations. The process of altering training stress as you adapt is called progressive overload. The stress is changed as you become better trained, allowing you to continue advancing toward a specific training goal. Progression in resistance training must be applied systematically and in proportion to your training status. Often, the effective application to progression in a program requires appropriate variation strategies and the use of periodized training models.
For more information on progressive overload, variation strategies and periodization, meet with Sandra Blackie, B.A., N.A.S.N., A.F.A.A. for a free, in person, consultation at her office in San Diego. Call 858-273-4151.