The Growth State What is the Growth State and how can I benefit from it?
And what does it mean to go to failure? Obviously, humans grow and mature in size and stature when they are children, but the capacity and need to grow and experience a state of growth continues throughout our lives. When humans of any age perform exercise in the manner of Simply Stronger, they are stimulating what could be called the "Growth State". This occurs in a consistent and long term manner.
The need for entry into the "Growth State" has implications far beyond muscle growth; it is becoming increasingly clear that the "Growth State" is a driving force that enables and facilitates general recovery and the healing process in ways that are yet to be fully described.
So why do we "go to failure"? Answer: to get into the "Growth State"
So why do we "go to failure" and what does that mean anyways? Sounds pretty negative...
In weight training, training to failure is repeating an exercise (such as the bench press) to the point of momentary muscular failure, i.e. the point where a repetition fails due to inadequate muscular strength. - Wikipedia
The goal of each exercise done in the Simply Stronger Program, is to get the muscles to enter this so called "Growth State". The way to do that, is to "tell" the muscles that they must get stronger. When we do a movement (like a bench press, or squat) to the point that we can no longer do it - in good form - we call this “going to technical failure”.
Simply Stronger is based on the observation that after “going to failure” and then taking a couple of days rest, you will be able to do the movement for longer, or lift more weight, than the previous time. Your muscles have grown, your nervous system has adapted and several other physiological changes have occurred allowing you to "be stronger". As your muscles are strengthened, you will probably find that you are developing a more shapely body (often interpreted as “looking younger”).
This program is a revelation! Not only does it make you stronger, but also slimmer! It enhances your agility, giving your movements an amazing sense of freedom. With the guidance of Randall Lightbown and his remarkable expertise both in the science of body movement and body health, I experienced a fascinating increase of muscular strength, an inspiring awareness of what “growth state” is all about.
“Simply Stronger” pushes our limits further and reveals our ever expanding capacities.
I highly recommend Randall Lightbown’s program to everybody! - A.G.
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