overload principle

o·ver·load prin·ci·ple

(ō'vĕr-lōd prin'si-pĕl)
exercise science Fundamental theory of training in which exercise at an intensity above that normally attained will induce highly specific adaptations, enabling the body to function more efficiently. Overload is applied by manipulating combinations of training frequency, intensity, and duration.
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The principles that are believed to govern this tissue plasticity are the SAID principle, overload principle, and reversibility principle.
It is additionally difficult, if not impossible, to adequately train, within the parameters of the Progressive Overload Principle, all of the major muscle structures by mimicking skill movements with extraneous resistance.
Muscular strength and endurance are developed by what is referred to as the "overload principle." Overload occurs when the resistance to movement, frequency or duration of activity is increased.
Research into the upper body has shown that anybody wanting to tone up the upper arm muscles should use the "overload principle".
The overload principle states that in order to produce a training effect, the work that a muscle is asked to do must be greater than that encountered in normal daily use of that muscle.
This block typifies the overload principle, overloading to the left.
The answer is the overload principle. This physical law can be explained by the following four steps.
This is known as the Progressive Overload Principle. It can be achieved with free weights, machines, sandbags, cinder blocks, or paint buckets filled with cement.
Your muscles need time to adapt to the weight (overload principle).
Strengthen all of the major muscle complexes with the exercises designed for the activity using a full range of motion, basic safety procedures, and the correct overload principle.
A program will be productive as long as it is based upon the Overload Principle: To increase the muscles in size and strength, you must stress - or overload them - beyond their present capacity.
The overload principle, as we mentioned last month, simply holds that in order to get stronger, you have to attempt to lift more weight and/or use more reps each workout.