You had a poor night’s sleep the night before, haven’t eaten for 8 hours, and your program says today is heavy squat day. Or it’s your yearly review at work, stress levels are at an all-time high, and free-time for the gym is limited, what do you do? Is your training just screwed because of your situation, or is there something you can do to help maintain a productive week in the gym, even when dealing with these conflicting factors? Auto-regulation is the topic of today’s podcast. We are joined by Andrea, Brad and Eric as they discuss this beneficial concept.
What is auto-regulation? What different tools can an athlete implement to help them get the most out of this strategy? Is gaging one’s own R.I.R innate, or is it a skill that must be developed through time and practice like any other? These questions, plus many more are addressed in today’s episode.
After taking into consideration all the variables and tools one can use to establish their programming, one thing becomes clear: knowing which variables are the most important allows for greater flexibility than we may have previously realized.
Selected Links from this Episode
HPA Podcast: Lean muscle limits, limits of strength & what level of knowledge do coaches require:
SAWEH Ep4 Science of Motivation (3DMJ):
A comparison of strength and muscle mass increases during resistance training in young women (Chilibeck PD, et al.):
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