Glossary Term: Overload Principle

Definition

The overload principle is a physical training practice in which the body is intentionally pressed to work beyond its current limits. The purpose is to improve the body’s efficiency at performing that physical act.

Why is the overload principle important?

Progressive overload is a principle that involves bringing an improvement in your musculoskeletal system to make gains from your workout continuously. Following the progressive overload, principle helps in bringing an improvement in your muscle strength, size and endurance.

What are the 4 fundamentals of overload?

The 4 fundamentals of overload are frequency (increasing the number of times you train per week or the number of reps you perform), intensity (increasing the difficulty of the exercise you do), time (increasing the length of time that you are training for) and type (increase the difficulty of the training you are doing).

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