What Progressive Overload principle will do for you

by May 5, 2020Podcast, Self Care, Successful Practice Building0 comments

What is progressive overload principle?

The principle is simple: To be better, you must do better. Sometimes the simplest things are the most effective, but some therapists fall into the trap of becoming complacent in their career or self care.

I’ve heard a lot of therapists say “Well, I’ve made it this far in my career, I’m good to go. . .”.

You’ve probably thought that or heard it at some point.

To break this down further, your body and nervous system don’t really care what your mental or emotional goal is, it’s only real goal in life is to keep you alive. Survival.

To better yourself, you have to continually put yourself in a state of constant change by venturing outside of your comfort zone either by force or naturally, with the result in mind to continually do better than you have previously.

In some cases it isn’t as easy as just snapping your fingers and some aspect of your life is different or better. For some, I can’t put it more bluntly than you need to force things to change through action and mindset for you to turn the dial

Don’t be like Average Joe

A good example of this is seeing that same person in the gym doing the same exercise routine day in and day out.

You’ve been going to this gym for three years, and they continue to do the same thing. They look the same, and they have been lifting the same amount of weight. They expect to get better by doing it in this fashion.

. . . I guess you could classify this as insanity, you know doing the same thing over and over expecting different results. 

What if this person decided to add 5lbs the next week to all of their exercises? What would happen?

  • The proverbial dial will start to move.
  • Nervous system stimulation will start to turn on
  • adaptation will occur, and they will become stronger.

Same thing for adding another set or another repetition. They will slightly tear microfibers in their muscle tissue and stimulate muscular growth.

The key here is to always TRY and do better than you previously did. This can be broken down into days, weeks, months or years. Obviously the more amount of time you want to overload, the bigger the outcome can potentially be. 

If you wanted to be a better speaker, you wouldn’t just think about speaking better, right? That’s not how you actually become better at speaking. 

You must seek out speaking gigs, even if it’s just in front of a few friends. Grow the audience exponetially. Get in front of the thing that is holding you back from achieving greatness and knock it over. 


Therapists use Progressive Overload to make progress in the MT Hybrid Athlete Program

This is an approach that therapists use for the MT Hybrid Athlete Program within The SB Tribe to track progress that they have made so far.

Using a progress log, we are able to see how the exercises that are used eventually help us to feel better and stronger in the treatment room.

They have said that when they are challenged every single week, they are able to push their boundaries and get the most out of the program.

We see things like:

  • Less injury
  • Reduced rest periods leading to better lung capacity
  • More cardiovascular conditioning and longevity
  • More weight being used which will increase strength
  • Help your techniques feel effortless
  • Even lean muscle gain!

These results and more have everything and more to do with progressive overload. 

All these therapists have really done is just try and try harder every week. They beat previous records, strive for new wins and don’t ever become complacent! 

I want you to realize that things don’t have to be complacent if you don’t want them to be.

If you’ve been stuck in a rut for too long,the time is now to realize where you are and break away from your norm.

Break out of the mindset that this is the way it is, and reach for something new and exciting, and reach for the dreams that you only thought were possible.

Remember, the dial won’t move unless you make it move!

About Me

My name is Zack Mayfield and I am in the constant pursuit to help each and every therapist achieve strength, better self-care and longevity in their career!

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