$99 for Four Personal-Training Sessions and a Gym Membership at Leo Results Fitness ($355 Value)

Flatiron District, New York

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  • $99 for four 30-minute personal-training sessions and a one-month gym membership ($355 value)

Muscle Confusion: An Undulating Path to Strength Gains

Learn the secret to overcoming fitness plateaus with Groupon's guide to muscle confusion.

Study muscle growth in any depth and you might easily reach this conclusion: muscles are kind of lazy. When you work out, your muscles go through an adaption period, growing so that they can handle the extra stress being put on them. But when they’re exposed to the same amount of stress or intensity all the time, they get used to it and promptly stop making gains. To overcome this plateau and destroy muscles’ attitude of smug complacency, trainers might prescribe a program of muscle confusion. That means strategically mixing up the order of workouts, the amount of resistance, length of rest periods, intensity, or other factors so no muscle group gets too familiar with the move.

Charles Poliquin, an athletic trainer who has designed workouts for 17 Olympic sports and for professional sports teams, is most often credited with introducing the concept physiologically known as undulating or nonlinear periodization in 1988. “Nonlinear” refers to the constant fluctuation in workout intensity (as opposed to progressing methodically through higher weight loads, for instance), and “periodization” refers to a specific plan for cycling through workout changes in order to give all the muscles enough attention.

Some studies have found muscle confusion, as it’s now commonly called, to be more effective in promoting long-term fitness and in boosting performance levels, and popular workout systems such as P90X and Insanity plan their intense regimens according to these principles. But if you prefer the comfort of a predictable routine, other experts are on hand to back you up, noting that if you’re focusing on a specific muscle group it may take weeks to get all you can out of a given move.

In a Nutshell

Personal trainer helps clients achieve fitness goals with techniques they can take back to the gym

The Fine Print

Expires 90 days after purchase. New customers only. Registration required. Limit 1 per person, may buy 1 additional as gift. Limit 1 per visit. Valid only at Complete Body and Spa at 19th St. with Leo. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

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  • Flatiron District (2408.2 miles)

    22 West 19th Street

    New York, New York 10003

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