The Variation Principle

The Variation Principle is a very well founded theory that suggests that regular minor changes in training regimes yield better gains in sports performance. Further, when coupled with the Overload Principle (gradual and progressive changes must occur for improvement to take place) accelerated adaptation can occur. Yet, when observing the athletic community at large at the local gym and the customers of nutritional supplement stores, I rarely see any application of the Variation Principle to training, nutrition or supplementation.

Which leads me to recall the adage that “the definition of insanity is repeating the same thing over and over but expecting different results”. If you are making gains and progressing without injury doing what you’re doing, then by all means keep at it and congratulations! But if you have plateaued and are no longer making progress, maybe it’s time you try something different? Continue reading