Variety is Overrated
Virtually every article I’ve ever read involving exercise selection has recommended ‘changing it up’ frequently – meaning that we should always do different exercises to ‘shock’ the muscle and keep it from adapting. In my experimentation, however, I’ve found that to be entirely untrue.
I’ve tried it both ways – using different exercises at every workout and using the same exercises at every workout – and, frankly, I’ve gotten better results using the same exercise. First off, assuming the exercise you’re using is ‘really good’, why trade that for one that is not as good but different? Further, no study has ever shown the need for variety. It’s simply a hypothesis – conjecture. It sounds reasonable. On the other hand, I make more progress doing an exercise with which I am extremely familiar and hammering the hell out of it. Again, I believe this will be proven when I step on stage next June, as that is precisely the way I train.