It’s time for another Austin Sports Medicine 101 class!
We’ve talked a lot recently about New Year’s resolutions and what type of resolutions are best for athletes and those generally concerned with health and wellness. While resolutions are great, most of us still need a little help making the most of our new workouts; so over the next few blogs, we’ll be talking about the science behind getting the most out of your exercise routines.
There are six principles of conditioning in the field of exercise science that every athlete or trainer should follow when prepping for the optimal workout or exercise program. These principles are universally accepted and should be followed so that those participating can make the most gains and improvements in their fitness and performance levels.
The fourth of the six principles is the Principle of Adaption. This refers to the body’s ability to adjust to increased or decreased physical demands. It’s also one way we learn to coordinate muscle movement and develop sports-specific skills, such as batting or shooting free throws. Repeatedly practicing a skill or activity makes it second-nature and easier to perform. Adaptation explains why beginning exercisers are often sore after starting a new routine, but after doing the same exercise for weeks and months they have little, if any, muscle soreness.
Additionally, it makes an athlete very efficient and allows him to expend less energy doing the same movements. This reinforces the need to change up a workout routine if you want to see continued improvement.