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Old 01-16-2012, 04:53 PM   #20
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Originally Posted by Kuytrider View Post
Sounds like a fun thread.

So by muscle confusion, does that mean changing from barbell exercises to dumbbell exercises so that your muscles get confused and say to themselves "crap, he's using a dumbbell, better start growing now".

Shame on you Steve for your complex program
Well in a Weider sense I read muscle confusion to mean:

Changing exercises, set and rep schemes (5x5 to 3 x 10) training techniques (rest pause, drop sets), volume or complete programs every 8 to 12 weeks to keep "the muscles guessing".

Shock programs can obviously carry with them some value in bodybuilding, but for recreational lifters (re:95% of those on average forums) they aren't going to be any more effective in the long run compared to simple progression on staple compound lifts.

They are often misapplied. In fact, I get "muscle confusion" questions at least a dozen times per week. 99.9% of the time they are from beginning lifters who have not made any substantial amount of strength gains at all, and have been persuaded that they key to progress lies in confusing their muscles.

Again, this is not a dig on shock programs for experienced lifters. They can have value in both powerlifting and bodybuilding...Sheiko, German Volume Training.
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