To be honest, I really wanted to cover this subject because….well…..it just sounds cool. Think about it: “The Training Effect”….it just has a cool ring to it, doesn’t it. And no, I didn’t end that previous sentence with a period instead of a question mark on accident because it wasn’t supposed to be a question. It was a definitive statement that is meant to be agreed upon by all.
I like to make these blooooogs simple because I am always “pretending” that I am explaining concepts to someone who knows nothing about health and fitness, not only for their sake but for mine as well. I want to make sure I am capable of explaining the things I learn, that I know what I’m talking about.
The Training Effect is actually a very simple concept to understand. There are a lot of moving pieces in the explanation that come together to create a giant finished puzzle. There are a lot of cool things to learn about your body and what happens when you start working out, and I want to cover as much of these things that I know of in the span of a few bloooogs. I am definitely not going to get to everything here. If I did, this would be the longest blooooog in history. I don’t know about you, but I am instantly de-interested (that’s a word) whenever I see a looooooooooong blog or printout or even a Facebook post. I just keep scrollin’…..and you do too (admit it).
For someone who has started to change their lifestyle into a healthier and more active one with exercise, the training effect is just what it sounds like. It is “your body’s adaptation to to the learned and expected stress imposed by physical activity.” In other words, you are going to put your body through things it is not used to. In response to this, your body will go something like this: “What in the world is going on here?!!? Ok…so if this is the new normal, I need to do some renovating and restructuring here to make this work.” Here are some of the changes I’m talking about:
- Metabolic Adaptations – things will change all the way down to the cellular level. your cells will learn how to use more energy with less oxygen than before you started working out.
- Cardiopulmonary Adaptations – your heart will learn how to be more efficient. The cool thing is that it will learn to be more efficient while decreasing its resting heart rate. It will basically do more with less effort. Your capillaries will learn to be more dispersed which will allow them (as they connect veins to arteries) to bring nutrients and oxygen to tissues more easily, as well as get rid of waste. Your blood pressure will drop, too.
- Muscular Adaptations – your muscles will learn to increase in size and strength. The same will happen with your tendons, and your bones will learn to become stronger.
The main thing to take away from this is that when you start exercising, your body will adapt. It will do what it needs to do in order to make sure you can handle the load you just gave it for the next time. If you get anything useful from this, make sure it’s that idea. Again, this is a simple concept, and I’m going to do my best to break it down and explore various pieces of the puzzle over time because I think the things you can learn here are very interesting. So, strap in….this will be a fun ride (that was almost cheezy)
So, last week’s blooooog was my most viewed ever. It beat my previous record from 2 weeks ago, I think? Point is: thanks to everyone. I’m very close to 1,000 views. That is a short-term goal I set. Once I reach that, I will expand this site and do more. So, if you enjoy these then please feel free to “like” and “share” them. You can even subscribe by e-mail so you will always be notified when I post a new blooooog. I always appreciate a good discussion and you can contribute to that by commenting with questions or even with something you want to add to the conversation. I am definitely NOT the smartest guy in the room. Until next time,