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The Principle of Variation


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“Because of accommodation, it is inefficient to use standard exercises or a standard training load over a long period of time. Training programs must vary. At the same time, because of the specificity of training adaptations, the training exercises should be as close as possible to the main sport exercise in muscular coordination and physiological demand. The highest transfer of of training result occurs with the use of sport-specific exercises.” – Zatsiorsky

Variation is critical to helping avoid stagnation in training but misapplication of this idea often leads to lack of specificity and directed adaptation. Check out this video to help you better understand how to properly and strategically apply variation to your training program:

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