I was reading a book the other day and it's kind of a fundamental look at strength and conditioning, anyways it was describing on a basic function of the body being it's adaptation to stresses or challenges to the body. Once it adapts it will simply maintain.
As this applies to strength training, if you do the same thing over and over again, your body will simply adapt and stop getting stronger.
There are two ways to prevent adaptation. Changing the exercises or stresses on the body is the first and the second is to increase volume and workload.
Obviously at Westside we are big proponents of changing the exercises but we also go through phases where the volume is highly increased.
There are several popular programs out there right now that don't really change the exercises so that leaves you with increasing the workload.
So my question is how do you guys evaluate and keep track of how you're increasing the workload and where do you apply that increase?