Exercise Variety Is Making You Weak
The term “muscle confusion” is, well, confusing to me. I understand in the most general of context it refers to muscle building and growth. Cool. Getting strong is part of building muscle as well, and I feel too much exercise variety is hurting everyone’s gains.
Don’t get me wrong: I’m not adamantly against the idea of switching things up and implementing new exercises for the sake of variety. I mean, not everyone wants to eat vanilla ice-cream every day, right?1 It’s not a bad thing to spice things up and try new things. Oftentimes it helps keep people motivated to workout.
However, where it becomes problematic is when people start adding variety for the sake of adding variety – with no plan or intent to work on or improve something.
Like I said, exercise variety can be a good thing. But I find that many (not all) trainees view adding variety (or the idea of muscle confusion) as necessary for getting results in the gym. I’d argue the opposite to be true.
Less variety – and “owning” your exercises, is a major factor in long-term success. It’s not a idea cemented in stone, but just a conversation to consider.
In my latest article on T-Nation I explain my rationale.