Ever heard of muscle confusion? It’s a training principle based on the fact that our muscles adapt over time to specific stresses put on them, which is known as the SAID principle (Specific Adaptations to Imposed Demands).
As a result of these adaptations, the muscles tend to plateau unless they are faced with varying exercises, reps and sets to provide different challenges. By incorporating this variety, muscle confusion results – along with additional progress and greater fitness.
When it comes to cardiovascular exercise, diehard runners or cyclists can benefit from muscle confusion by integrating different modalities for greater overall conditioning. This essentially is cross training, whereby changing exercise regimens regularly delivers better results and helps to minimize plateaus.
The LateralX from Octane Fitness is an effective and efficient way to add muscle confusion to an exercise program. It is a new way to workout, combining smooth, 3-D motion that goes from a vertical stepping movement to an active side-to-side motion for greater challenges in 10 different planes. Its unique lateral range of movement is unlike any other cardiovascular machine – and therefore stimulates muscle confusion.
Even more, research shows that the caloric expenditure increases by 27% going from lateral width 1 to the maximum lateral width 10 because muscles are more fully engaged. And the LateralX has been proven to increase hip abductor and adductor activity by 30% compared to traditional elliptical machines.
For the upper body, the innovative Converging Path and MultiGrip handlebars ensure a total-body challenge as well. More variety comes in the form of multiple pre-programmed workouts, including Dual Direction, 30:30 Interval and MMA, along with Workout Boosters such as X-Mode, ThighToner and QuadPower.
And for better conditioning, taking on Octane’s CROSS CiRCUIT adds strength and interval training to cardio workouts, with a virtually endless variety of exercises and accessories, such as dumbbells, resistance bands and more.
Making exercise a habit is good. Mixing up what you do each day helps stimulate muscle confusion for enhanced effectiveness.