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- $75 for six Personal Training Sessions, one month Diet and Workout Plan, Fitness Evaluation, Full Consultation for one person ($445 value)
- $85 for six GroupTraining Sessions, one month Diet and Workout Plan, Fitness Evaluation, Full Consultation for up to two People ($712.80 value)
- $99 for six Group Training Sessions, one month Diet and Workout Plan, Fitness Evaluation, Full Consultation for up to four People ($1,069.20 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.
A Chat with Full Circle Athletic Development
What services does your business offer and what makes your business stand out from the competition?
We strive to educate our athletes. I know people come and go so if we can teach our athletes to be proficient in exercise and life, then hopefully they will be able to carry on our work when we are not available to help.
Exercise is challenging. How do you keep clients motivated and engaged?
Before we step foot in the gym we establish all short- and long-term goals so we can better understand what direction you would like to head in. With that information we can make sure to influence success.
What was the inspiration to start or run this business?
Full Circle was started to help kids and adults reach the goals no matter how big or small. Whether it's making their college sports team or losing 20 pounds, we want to help.
What do you love most about your job?
Seeing the enjoyment on our clients' faces when they do something they thought they couldn't. Also seeing people do compound movements (squat, deadlift, olympic lifts, etc.) with textbook form.