What is supercompensation?

If you regularly train your muscle and cardiovascular systems, your endurance and strength will increase. Performance capacity can quickly grow beyond its normal level, making activities that used to feel strenuous feel much easier in comparison. If you coordinate training and recovery phases well with each other, this can lead to continuous improvement. This effect is called supercompensation.
If your recovery periods are too long, you cannot take advantage of this effect. On the other hand, if you do not allow your body to recover long enough, overtraining can set in, overwhelming your body and leading to a drop in performance.


The body increases its performance capacity in order to better meet the demands made of it. Gradual increases in workout stimuli should be adequately thought through in your training plan. If you keep the balance between strain and recovery at its optimal level, you can keep supercompensating at a higher level.

The demands placed on your body should keep stimulating it. They should not be too light, or no compensation will take place. Neither should they be excessive, as the recovery phase will then be very long. Continuous supercompensation, therefore, is that which leads to success in the long run. Muscle growth and cardiovascular training can be systematically approached together.


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