The phrase stimulate don’t annihilate is a simple idea, but it can literally mean the difference between workouts that end in success or disaster.
Simply put, focusing on creating a stimulus in your workout means you’re training to progress something in an intelligent way. You have a mission to improve the quality of your training and make it more effective. Meanwhile, an annihilation approach means to focus on just creating a lot of fatigue and stress in the hopes that you’ll somehow improve from that.
Focusing on creating a stimulus does take a bit more mental work and education. You can’t just throw a bunch of effort into the workout and hope something sticks. It means you have a specific training adaptation you’re going after and every choice you’re making in your workout is aimed to help you hit that target.
Check out this week’s RDP podcast for more information on the difference between stimulation vs annihilation workouts.