The term ‘muscle confusion’ describes the benefits of adding variety to your exercise routine and thus avoiding a plateau effect. Basically, in order to continue to stimulate positive gains in strength, cardio fitness, flexibility, balance etc., we must challenge the body in unfamiliar (new) ways, while retaining the fundamental principles to achieve our goals. As humans, we are creatures of habit and that often means we find comfort in performing the same exercise routine which results in little to no progress being made. Therefore, “confusing your muscles” by taking your body out of its comfort zone will help prevent plateaus.
Finding the balance of skill mastery and adaptation is the key. Having an exercise professional provide the appropriate variety and progressions to your fitness routine will dramatically improve your results.