The following physiological laws apply to all types of physical training. Knowledge of how increased muscle strength or size actually occurs, allows the trainee to optimize both their success and their personal safety.
Although all the Breathworks exercises incorporate these laws into the recommended formats, approaching the body as a whole in any discipline brings about the highest and best integration of all three aspects of health and well-being: body, mind and spirit.
Law of Specificity
When training a physiologic or metabolic system to achieve improvements, the changes occur in direct response to the specific conditions involved during the training, i.e.,
Only the specific muscles or systems involved in the activity show increased size, strength, speed, endurance and performance. Example: Running or training on a treadmill will not make you a better or stronger swimmer or cyclist.
Overall improvements in cardio-vascular and respiratory function will occur with any aerobic activity done at a training level, but improvement in the proficiency of the activity or increase in muscle size only occurs with each specific set of stressors involved.
Ongoing improvement in either a physiologic or metabolic system can only be achieved by increased or changing stressors, i.e.,
Training frequency, intensity, duration, mode, weight load, distance, etc., must be frequently altered, increased or combined to result in an on-going increase in muscle size, strength, endurance, etc.
The Reversibility Principle
The benefits any decreaseof exercise training are short-lived and reversible. With any decrease in frequency, intensity, duration, mode, weight load, distance, etc., there is a corresponding decrease in increase of performance. Maintainance of conditioning level can only be achieved by continuance of level of stressors. With detraining, there is approximately a 1% loss of physiologic function per day.
Individual Differences Principle
Individuals following a specific training modality are not necessarily in the same state of fitness at the same time. The response to the training protocols is relative to the physical condition at the onset of training. The benefits of any type of training is optimized when the protocols are designed to match the needs and capabilities of the individual.