It’s not during the workout that progress is made; it’s between them.
Exercise is the stimulus where we attempt to strategically ‘nudge the needle’, allowing our bodies to adapt and tolerate more challenge over time. As we add challenge, however, we must not forget that your body has pre-set parameters that we must respect for long-term joint integrity and optimal function.
The real value in a “workout” is how it relates to the previous one, and how well it prepares us for the next one. With this understanding, we can begin to see how a workout is a progressive investment, and the process of progression is dynamic and ever-changing.
Seeing exercise with this new framework allows us to transcend the typical “just do it” mindset. Each exercise challenge must follow and precede other appropriate challenges composed of strategically appropriate, well-progressed, and well-controlled exercises.