Peak Performance Tip – Keep Some Fuel In The tank For Optimum Gains.

Research shows that training to total fatigue or failure on a regular basis is less beneficial than training to a good degree of stimulus and then letting the body recover with gradual progression. Totally wiping out the body (while good for stimulating the need for improvement) increases cortisol and decreases testosterone, or at least the Testosterone:Cortisol ratio (T:C), which dampens the growth and repair of muscle. Every now and then a total fatigue workout can be beneficial to kick the body out of a plateau or rut, but too often is counterproductive.

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That doesn’t mean slacking off. It means reading your body to learn the optimum stimulus level (degree of ‘challenge’) that you push to in your workout, or the rep range and weight that you handle before putting the weight down and letting the body do the rest.

This method is much more sustainable than eliciting diminishing returns when under-recovering relative to weekly workload and intensity. So not only is this better for consistency but also better for optimising T/C ratios.

In summary – we need stimulus, and the more advanced you are the more specific this stimulus needs to be (workload, intensity, duration, etc) but wiping the body out is not necessary to create this stimulus. There also has to be sufficient recovery to SUPERCOMPENSATE from the bout, ideally before the next session, and the recovery is relative to the challenge. Meaning, a wipe-out session requires a lot longer to recover than a more appropriately challenged session.

Push yourself, but leave some fuel in the tank for optimum gains.

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Luke Dimasi is an experienced Personal Trainer / Fitness Trainer and has been working and studying in the industry for over 9 years. During the completion of a bachelor’s degree at the University of W.A. he personally trained many clients of various walks of life from the mainstream weight loss populace to sports specific and wheel-chair bound clientele. Luke also spent 4 years in management including a State Personal Training Managing role in one of WA’s largest health chains. He has a Master Practitioners qualification in Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) and Neuro Semantics and works one on one with clients aiming to improve their current conditions on anything from un-resourceful beliefs and emotions to setting positive frames of mind on various aspects of life.