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The S.A.I.D. Principle

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One day while training at the gym where I work, one of my co-worker’s clients would respond to almost anything that I would say with the phrase, “That’s what she said!” Bless his heart he was trying to be funny, but he ended up making more mistakes with it (using it at the wrong time). In spite of his errors, at least he was trying to joke and have fun (Too many people are miserable and have no sense of humor in the world). He also reminded me of an essential principle of training and fitness called: The S.A.I.D principle.

If you are unfamiliar with this concept, it is: Specific Adaptation Imposed Demand. In other words, this thought teaches us that if we want a specific result from our fitness work, we must train the right way to get it. Do you think that most people are doing that and following this idea? Or do you feel as if most people have no idea how to train for what they want to achieve and are just going through the motions? Today’s post will shed some light on this concept and how to utilize it to get fitness results!

In layman’s terms, this concept only means, you will get what you put in, or the result of your training will be by what you do in it. So if you want to body-build, you will have to do workouts that will build muscle and eat by your goal. You wouldn’t do what some people refer to as “functional training.” Just for the basic fact that this will not get you to your goal of being big.

However, balance in your training is essential, and you will need to do things such as mobility, and some stability work, regardless of your overall goals. You can train these qualities and still get you overall purposes trained by doing them in a superset or in your warm-up.

Now let’s break down this principle to apply it to your life better.

Specific:
The type of stress and the approach to training must fit your goals and the outcome that you desire; this means that if you want to grow your chest, training your lats will not get you there. You must work for that group, in a way that it will improve.There are different approaches to achieve this outcome, you could do mid to high reps or 5 x 5’s and so on, just take the one that will get you what you want from your training and the one that you can stick with over the long haul.

Adaptation:
This is where the results happen as you train and over-load your body; your body will adapt to the stress and, if you are keeping it specific, will get you the change that you want in your body. As this process goes on, there is a need for advancement to continue getting results.

Imposed:
This means that the stress is forced on the body by the trainee and not something that just happens by itself. You must also be aware that this principle will also be at work if you choose to be a couch potato. Your body will adjust to that as well and make you de-condition, become overweight and unhealthy.

Demand:
What kind of stress are you making your body endure, or what type of order are you going to adapt it to? As always, the level of stress that you put it under must not be too much, or it will take longer to recover from. but also must not be too little or else there will be no change. Your focus should be, as you train, to “stimulate and not annihilate yourself.” Contrary to many training circles, you don’t have to be sore every workout or not be able to move the next day. In fact, moving and functioning are good things and should be what a good program produces as you train. So figure out what that balance is for you and get lasting, long-term results!

Following this basic principle will help you achieve your goals as a fitness buff. It is a concept that will help guide your training choices and keep you in line with your goals. So remember to apply this point to your training and just remember ” That is what she S.A.I.D.!"

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