In the past I’ve talked about the 3 dimensions you can progress any form of exercise for greater results.
– Increase the Frequency you do the exercise. (More reps, sets, miles, steps, workouts per week act.)
– Increase the Intensity of the exercise. (more weight, less assitance, less leverage, faster speed, working more against gravity)
– Improve your Technique. (range of motion, weight shifting, limb placement, better exercise selection and programing.)
If you want better results, you have to grow at least one aspect of either frequency, intensity or technique (F.I.T).
As I get older and wiser, I’ve become more aware of how important technique is over adding frequency or intensity. In fact, I’m almost at the point where I would say that your technique is more important than the other two by far.
Here’s my latest epiphany:
Maybe technique is the only dimension to progress in. Maybe improving technique is the only way to get better results.
Of course we can add frequency and intensity, but I’m starting to think those only matter as long as the technique is solid.
I’m now starting to beleive that the reason why adding frequency and intensity works is because they are ways to test and challenge your technique!
Go ahead and try it for yourself. Do 100 push ups, or add an insane amount of intensity to any exercise. You’ll notice that if you add enough of either of the two your technique will suffer. This is what I call technical erosion.
So maybe intensity and frequency only works because it tests your technique. However if you let your technique erode, in order to keep adding frequency or intensity, then I would bet your results will erode as well.
So what say you? It technique the be all and end all or am I missing something?