The Instinctive Principle Defined
This principle involves listening to your body and changing your training around to ensure that you are working with, rather than against it, for optimum gains.
The Instinctive Principle Workout Tips
- When you begin bodybuilding training, you need to master the fundamental exercises, and create a sound muscle structure, necessitating the need to follow a set program. After you have been training for a longer period, you will recognise that your progress will increase if you understand how your body responds to training, and by varying your workouts accordingly.
- In Arnold Schwarzenegger’s early days, he used to follow rigid and set workouts, the same way every time. Training with the renowned bodybuilder Dave Draper taught him a new approach. Dave would enter the gym knowing which body parts he was going to train and which exercises he was going to do, but he would change the order of those exercises depending on how he felt on that particular day, hence ‘instinctively.’ If he normally began a back workout with wide grip chins, he instead chose to begin with bent over rows and finish off with chins.
- Dave Draper believes that the body has its own rhythms, which are different from day to day. The more advanced you become, the more should be aware of these variations and cycles. Unfortunately this level of awareness does not come overnight, and may take a year or more of training before you have learn to apply these occasional instinctive adjustments in your program. The Instinctive Principle is one of the Power Training Principles.