In many ways, novelty is directly opposed to progression— it’s hard to get better or stronger at something without repeated and frequent exposure to it.
On the other hand, we all crave varying degrees of novelty, and if it drives engagement, it may drive effort and adherence, both of which probably drive progression.
It’s not a black and white issue, but one to examine case by case and client by client. Appropriately enough, a rigid approach to novelty and variety—regardless of your stance—is probably ineffective.
Today I did the same workout I “always” do on Monday—Cluster Squats, bench, and assistance work—but did it in a new gym. Underslept and overfed after a long weekend of fun I cranked out a few more pounds for a few more reps. In this case the novelty was provided by environment rather than exercise selection, allowing me to keep driving stress while enjoying something new.
All of this is a fancy way of saying it’s fun to work out in a new gym; it’s fun to have new people wondering “why is that go working so hard?”; fun to walk in somewhere else and see what training looks like. Also, new shorts may have helped. #fourinchinseam #onbrand #whowearsshortshorts #quadzilla