You always progress in a linear fashion?
There are many ways of looking at "linear progression." The term itself is just a bit of meaningless babble that has somehow become vogue in the strength trainining world. All progression is linear. It's just not all a straight line. But this is not what people mean by linear progression, what they really mean is linear loading. However, a huge misunderstanding in strength is that your training will continue to be a simple journey from point A to point B and there will always be a straight line between those points.
So, imagine that point A is at the bottom of a long flight of stairs and point B is at the top. EVEN if you go up two stairs and regress down one, up one, and down two, and so on and so forth until you eventually reach the top your PROGRESSION from the foot of the stairs to the top is still LINEAR.
A straight line is, of course, always more inviting than a curvy one full of detours and side-roads.
Detours and side-roads, though, are reality. So-called linear progression (but really, again, an imaginary significance because any progression is linear)..straight up the stairs... works for a certain period of time when you first begin but the more advanced you get the more creative your training must become. The more thought it takes. I didn't say complex. Complex is not always required. But simple-minded may not continue to work.
Yet, there are still hundreds of fitness or strength training books and articles that start out with the story of Milos of Kroton and his bull. I know you've heard that story. It is almost required to be told once on every fitness related site. So, Milos got himself a bull calf and he carried it up a hill, or a mountain, depending on the version. He repeated this every day. As the bull got bigger he got stronger until, eventually he was carrying a full grown bull up a hill, or a MOUNTAIN! WOW!
Most people know that this is a fable. But most people believe it to be a true model of strength training. They believe that if you increase the load in very small, minute, increments, over a long period of time you won't ever "feel" the difference but eventually these very small increments (even one-half pound a day) will add up to hundreds upon hundreds of pounds.
This inspires people, and such information is aimed at inspiration, not practical instruction. People share inspiration while happily using the practical instruction. If that is all there is to it, I can do it, they think. They can envision themselves lifting herculean weights without too much effort at all! But, of course, before they know it, they are asking questions about how they are supposed to get up that darned mountain, while still being inspired by the story!
You and I both know that Milos would have failed miserably to continue to carry the bull up the hill. At some point this straight and so-called "linear progression" would have failed to continue. Remember, LOAD is the ONLY parameter that changes here. The distance he carries the bull does not change and the story is implying that the time involved does not change. He doesn't carry the bull any faster or slower each time. After all, he doesn't even 'notice' the changing weight.
Linear progression (loading) WORKS when it WORKS. We must accept that the same thing will not continue to work forever. We are constantly changing. We are not static. We are dynamic.
When I use the term linear progression in this way, to again make it perfectly clear, I am borrowing the term the way it is generally meant. The idea that there is a way to progress that is "non-linear" is ridiculous. Don't get "periodization" which regards training, mixed up with progression.+Eric Troy#progression #lp #linearprogress #linearprogression #MaximalStrength #MaxStrength #Fitness #Workout #Deadlift #Deadlifts #Deadlifting #Deadlifts455 #Strongman #Powerlifting #liftbig #StrengthTraining #barbell