“In our quest for certainty, we guarantee failure. If we quest through uncertainty, we generate the possibility of success.”
—Taylor Pearson

When training, a way to increase muscle hypertrophy is to introduce instability to the training regimen. This creates a higher load on both your muscle and the cognitive processes in engaging the muscle to execute the exercise. The muscle develops better when all aspects of the tissue–physical and mental–are trained.

This goes above and beyond the basic premise of building muscle: you have to break open the muscle in order for it grow. Imagine the process: you do some pushups or squats–or any other exercise you prefer–the muscle breaks open, you’re sore for a couple of days while the muscle heals, then you go through the process all over again. This is necessary to build strength.

And if you want the muscle to develop faster, and more completely? This is where instability enters the regimen. You introduce some element that makes pushups or squats or other exercises unstable, shaky, strange even, and this creates the conditions to build the muscle faster, better, stronger. Instability and destruction to encourage growth, stability and relaxation to integrate that growth before beginning the cycle all over again.

Benjamin Franklin once wrote “he who sacrifices a little freedom for a little security deserves neither.” When you choose stability, every time, you lose the potential for growth; you lose the potential to reach your full potential. This ideology is so interesting. On the one hand, you require a measure of stability in order to reach the highest expression of yourself. Yet instability is necessary to progress in any way. The former speaks to your current state, the latter to your potential. The means to grow beyond your current state, then, lie beyond your current level of comfort.

Movement for growth. Rest for integration. What makes you uncomfortable? How can you use this to help you grow?

Get moving.
Keep moving.

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