September 22, 2023

What is progressive overload?

What is progressive overload?

Progressive overload is when you gradually increase the weight, frequency, or number of repetitions in your strength training routine. This challenges your body and allows your musculoskeletal system to get stronger.

Milo of Croton, Greek wrestler - 6th Century

The progressive overload method was thought to have been first developed by Milo of Croton, a six-time Olympic champion who lived in the 6th century B.C. Milo became the champion he was by carrying a calf on his shoulders every day until the calf matured into a bull. As the calf grew larger, so too did Milo's strength increase, so the story goes.

The S-Press enables a patient to perform progressive resistance exercise by starting on level 1 and working, over several days and weeks, to progress to level 6. Working their way up from 3kg resistance to 24kg.

J Falvey - 2015 - Hospital Acquired Deconditioning

Research (Falvey et al) has stated that there should be more progressive resistance exercise used in hospitals, but there are many barriers to using resistance training in hospitals.  The S-Press removes many of those barriers and allows access to safe, effective progressive resistance exercise.