If there’s anything we need to be extremely aware of, it’s that the body needs to be jolted into change. The Confusion Principle goes at the tip top of my list in importance when it comes to pure fitness. I’m amazed at the sheer number of trainers who’ve never even heard of the Confusion Principle, let alone how to incorporate it. If I have a client that only wants to build muscle, with no other goal, then I use free weights 90% of the time. However, if a client is wanting weight loss and versatility in raw fitness ability, then we mix up equipment and exercises not only as a matter of interest but of absolute necessity!
Using myself as an example, I’ve lifted most of my adult life and done quite a bit of martial arts but if I get up on a gymnastic apparatus like rings, I look ridiculous; and, you know what? I don’t like it! It makes me feel like I need to start all over and rightfully so! Yet, my personal fitness level is actually skyrocket high in nearly every aspect, especially strength, muscular endurance, agility, speed and flexibility. It would stand to reason that I could do a lot on rings… but not without proper training!
That, guys and gals, is the Confusion Principle in action… that’s the name of the game. A trainer who doesn’t quite yet get that is just uninformed. Free weights are not the be-all and end-all to fitness, not by a long shot. Don’t buy into everything you read online or hear in the gym.