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troy86 01-16-2012 11:58 AM

confused about muscle confusion
 
I am confused about muscle confusion. Yesterday I followed a link to the supplement store and found a conversation on muscle confusion and no one seemed to agree. Is muscle confusion needed and if so when?

~Troy

Off Road 01-16-2012 12:03 PM

Muscles grow from adaptation to stressors caused by load. Those stressors have to be progressively more demanding in order for continued growth to occur. If you are continually switching things then the load will not be progressive and growth will stagnate.

BendtheBar 01-16-2012 12:12 PM

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Originally Posted by troy86 (Post 208054)
I am confused about muscle confusion. Yesterday I followed a link to the supplement store and found a conversation on muscle confusion and no one seemed to agree. Is muscle confusion needed and if so when?

~Troy

Ignore most of the information in that thread.

Someone pulled out a Rippetoe chart and tried to use it as proof that muscle confusion was needed. I officially parted ways with the discussion at that point...

BigJosh 01-16-2012 12:33 PM

I was there and I agree 100% with BtB. Misinformation is strong at some parts of the interwebz.
Worry about increasing the load you are using on any given exercise.

Fazc 01-16-2012 12:35 PM

If confusion was the key to muscle gains I would have gained 20lbs just reading that thread.

BigJosh 01-16-2012 12:43 PM

according to that thread muscle confusion is stupid; but variation, now that is the key.
facepalm.jpg

5kgLifter 01-16-2012 12:47 PM

I just "lift heavy things up and put them down again" but on a serious note, I'd never heard of the term "Muscle Confusion" until I saw it being mentioned on forums...use it, or lose...is simpler.

BendtheBar 01-16-2012 12:53 PM

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Originally Posted by BigJosh (Post 208070)
according to that thread muscle confusion is stupid; but variation, now that is the key.
facepalm.jpg

I use 4 exercises. How's that for variation.

BendtheBar 01-16-2012 12:54 PM

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Originally Posted by 5kgLifter (Post 208071)
I just "lift heavy things up and put them down again" but on a serious note, I'd never heard of the term "Muscle Confusion" until I saw it being mentioned on forums...use it, or lose...is simpler.

The P90X workout drills it into the mind of infomercial watchers 24/7.

Off Road 01-16-2012 01:27 PM

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Originally Posted by BendtheBar (Post 208073)
I use 4 exercises. How's that for variation.

And not one of them is a Curl. Your 20" arms are going to shrink...


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