“What exactly is chaos? The name “chaos theory” comes from the fact that the systems that the theory describes are apparently disordered, but chaos theory is really about finding the underlying order in apparently random data.”
“State of confusion, lacking any order. Chaos, with reference to chaos theory, refers to an apparent lack of order in a system that nevertheless obeys particular laws or rules” Don’t worry, this article isn’t about advanced mathematical theory or high level physics, rather it’s about training and how to get the best effect for your body.
As you can see from the above definitions, chaos theory is taking a system that appears to be chaotic and finding the order within that chaos. This is in essence what a good trainer will do for you in your effort to burn fat in the fastest time possible, and, dare I say…even build muscle quickly. You see, your body is always trying its best to reach a state of homeostasis. This means that it is always trying to level itself out, or maintain a stable, constant condition. Most people that I run into train at a level of constant homeostasis. Things are level, stable and not changing too much. When the body reaches this state, things stagnate and do not change. Change is always what the eager client is after, right? So why would anyone want to stay in a state of stability with their body? They wouldn’t, but most people don’t know any better so the natural tendency is to maintain order at all times.
Just a day ago, a man at center where I work asked me to review his program. As I looked it over I noticed a host of things I would change immediately, but what struck me the most was the start date at the top of the program…April 5th, 2006. This guy has been doing the same reps, sets, and exercises, for over 9 months. When I asked how he was doing on his program he replied that he wasn’t seeing many changes, so he thought he might “have to switch something up.” I see trainers too many times that are working with over weight clients make the mistake of having their clients perform the same exact exercises, and the same exact set and rep schemes each training period. They think that because they are adding some weight here and there, change is going to happen. Usually what happens is the client reaches that undesirable plateau. Progress is halted and everyone loses.
This particular chaos theory is simple in the process of it. If you are working out or training to lose weight, maybe even gain some muscle…keep changing things up as much as possible. If you are using the Elliptical machine everyday for your cardio sessions, use the treadmill or bike for the next week. Even better, use a different machine every time you train. Let us say you are doing some high intensity circuit training. Each time you go into the gym, do a different workout. Change things up as much as you can. This will keep your body guessing and cause fat loss to increase at a much faster pace.
Now, I am not saying that having a structure and ordered program is bad in the least, its not. For advanced trainees, having structure is important for making serious gains in muscle, strength and performance. Making your program chaotic is better for overall fitness and to lose that unwanted fat. You don’t have to change it all up, but make sure you change something up as much as possible. Keep your body guessing. Check out some other programs and systems out there. The best programs have a different set of exercises each day. They may come back to the same plan once each week, but each day is different and more so, every three or four weeks is different. Again, keep your body in a constant state of chaos when it comes to training for fat loss and initial muscle building and you will see much better results in a much faster time. Besides, workouts are much more fun and never really get boring doing the same things day after day.