THE HUMAN BODY DOES NOT LIKE FATIGUE. The body in general wants food, to sleep, and to reproduce. However as human culture has evolved over time, movement and activity has grown in popularity, and looking good has become a cultural norm. There are those who feel the need of move their bodies to play a sport or go to the gym. That’s the moment when they meet an awful feeling called fatigue.
Physical fatigue can be define as the effect of a certain stress that affects the body capacity to protract an effort. Its effects can be manifested in different ways and the more intese and extended is the effort, the harder become for you to accomplish your task, physically and mentally.
From a mental standpoint, fatigue has the effect to make you stop believing in yourself. Your brain can find endless very good reasons to stop. It’s your innate survival instinct that talks to you with phrases like “why are you doing that?” or “You are tired, you have to stop” and “You can’t”. An expert athlete knows how to shut off their brain and keep on going on to reach the result. Often is that ability to overcome fatigue that makes a good athlete a champion.
From a physical standpoint, instead, the effects of fatigue are several. They lead your body to a progressive decreased ability to sustain an effort as long as it is protracted. A particular feeling of heaviness can be perceived. The same actions require an augmented voluntary mental focus, but despite of your effort, your movements will be harder and slower. This explains why when your going to attempt a maximal lift (1RM) the barbell raises so slow! The reasons under the phenomenon of velocity loss have to be investigated in various chemical reactions that occur in your muscles, while your dying under the barbell during a bench press or during a squat.
The question is: why the loss of velocity is significant in training? Because it has been shown that the rate of velocity loss is fixed and directly correlated with the amount of effort that a certain activity required. So, whenever you know the relationship between effort and velocity loss, and you can measure the velocity of the lifts, thanks to a device like Beast Sensor, you’ll be automatically able to fix in advance the exact amount of effort for every training sessions, accordingly with your periodization, and control the level of fatigue.
I know, the most lazy of you are already celebrating, thinking that this means less fatigue. But I have bad news for you: fatigue can’t be avoided! The good news is that through the measure of speed you can control fatigue and your workouts will be elevate to an other, greater and smarter level!