When it comes to training, variety has its place. It keeps things fresh, reduces the risk of overuse injury, and helps prepare our bodies for anything. However, there is a fine line between "varied" training and "random" training - so let's take a look!
As people, we love variety. Our wardrobe, our food, our day-to-day, and in our training. It keeps us engaged and (if you want to get real nerdy) studies do show that variety does elicit feel-good hormones. So it's only natural we seek out variety in our life.
If our lives are constantly varied, how do we ever get good at something?
Now obviously, your wardrobe is not a skill... I'm talking about training here. The fitness industry over the past 15 odd years has seen a huge growth in Group Training Facilities, that pride themselves on variety - "expect something different in every class!".
As a well-renowned coach and expert in the field of strength and conditioning and functional training, Mike Boyle quoted "We don’t want variety until we have mastery."
When Luke and the team set out on creating the REUNION Training Model, they had all of this information in the back of their mind. How do we offer variety, to maintain engagement, but first and foremost, how do we make people better!
The REUNION Training Model: Variety vs. Repetition
VARIETY - Our conditioning blocks are generally where we offer variety. Movements, rep schemes, weight, time, these variables are consistently shifting so you are still gaining a stimulus but you never know what you're in for! The reason - increasing general physical preparedness. We want to condition your body to be ready for anything; jump, run, sprint, push, press, hold - whatever the requirement, you'll be ready.
REPETITION - Our hero movements (squat, bench, dead) are what we want to master, and therefore, remain constant throughout the training block. To get good at something, you need to do that said thing, a bunch of times...
Regardless of the goal, if it's to lift a heavier weight, or to simply master the movement, the only way to get better is repetition.
If you're currently at a training facility that does something different every single workout, maybe ask yourself what your goal is. If you want to get better, there needs to be a balance of variance and repetition.
If you're keen to see how REUNION finds that perfect balance, head to our website and redeem a 3-day trial.
With love and deadlifts,