Sep 10, 2015 02:48PM ● Published by Dia
At Impact Performance and Fitness, physical rehabilitation and sports training is a high demand service. In both PT and sports training, the SAID principle asserts that the human body adapts specifically to imposed demands. In other words, given stressors on the human system, whether biomechanical or neurological, there will be a Specific Adaptation to Imposed Demands (SAID). Imposed demand can come in many forms, from distance to weight to time, depending on what you’re training to accomplish. Obviously to get "imposed demand" it will require change in something that your body is not used to experiencing. When we take this principle into the strength training genre we have multiple ways to change the demand with change being the key word. We can manipulate the weight, sets or repetitions. We can change the rest intervals either in the work out or between sessions or we can change the tempo of the exercise (time spent under stress or time under tension).
All of these variables that were mentioned have differing results depending on the level & timing of their particular application. As trainers we don't have the same goals for every athlete that we work with, the requirements for a football player is very different than that of a distance swimmer but each can make progress with a correctly applied resistance training program.
Next month I will share the results of a Southlake Carroll sophomore swimmer who spent some time working out at Impact Performance & Fitness. Through these results we will see how quickly the SAID principle can effect an athlete. We will look at two sets of benchmarks where our swimmer was able to see tangible improvements on the clock and as we all know, the clock does not lie.
Regardless whether you are just getting started in sports or you have been training for decades changing the implied demand in your training will keep you moving forward and making gains because no one wants to waste time without getting results.
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