Developing a regular workout schedule is a challenge. But once you’ve got that on lock? You’ll want to ensure you’re getting the most out of your sweat sessions. But if you just show up to the gym and autopilot through some moves, you’re probably not optimizing your time—and you likely won’t see progress. (Related: How to Work Out Less and See Better Results)
There’s just one thing that stands in the way. Meet: progressive overload. Though it might sound like a super-technical term, progressive overload is a pretty basic strength and conditioning concept that’s easy to incorporate into your workouts—and the benefits are real.
“Progressive overload is basically increasing the difficulty of your workouts by increasing volume, intensity, or resistance in order to work toward achieving your goals,” explains Lauren Lobert, D.P.T., C.S.C.S.