Power Index Overall Workout

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10 — D3y3 on ProQiam that you should see on your graph is a consistent increase in your Power Factor and Power Index numbers, both on individual exercises and on your workout.

As in the example, a workout may not always yield an increase, and you may even see a decrease in your numbers. This, as you will discover, can be caused by a variety of circumstances. You may have worked out after eating too few carbohydrates or after having had too little sleep or when unable to concentrate due to stress. However, the number-one cause of a prolonged inability to improve is overtraining. Much more will be said about this crucial point later in this book, but for now it is critical to remember that muscular growth rakes place only after you have recovered from your last workout. The recovery and growth processes require time to complete themselves. If you do not allow for this fact, your muscles cannot grow.

The sample graph shows steady progress on a Monday, Wednesday, Friday schedule, but by the twelfth day a decline in the Power Index occurred. By switching to a schedule of two days per week, the trainee gave his metabolism the required time, not only to recover, but to increase muscle mass. On a twice-a-week schedule, tremendous gains were made up to the thirty-third day. At this point, rather than just hitting a plateau, muscular output decreased sharply. Once again, this was corrected by-adding more time off between workouts. As expected, the Power Index again showed a tremendous improvement.

You will note that the change in Power Index from Day 1 to Day 59 is enormous. This reflects a great increase in both the total amount of weight lifted and the rate of lifting (pounds/minutes). Such numerical gains can be achieved only through a great increase in muscular strength and therefore creare a corresponding increase in muscular size.

Importantly, even subtle changes in the athlete's performance can be quickly and graphically identified and corrected through proper alterations in the workout and/or the training schedule. Power Factor Training identifies and prevents the chronic plateaus and overtraining that plague strength athletes who rely on the old, crude gauges of feel and instinct to measure their performance.

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