If you’re reading this, then you’ve probably heard all about the scientifically proven* benefits of an advanced workout method known as muscle confusion.
You’ve probably heard about how workouts built around this exercise concept are the newest and most effective way of losing fat, building muscle or doing both as fast as possible.
And knowing all of this, you’re probably ready to create your own MCR (muscle confusion routine) and start getting those amazing results yourself.
Well, in that case… you’ve definitely come to the right place. Let’s get started.
The Ultimate Muscle Confusion Workout Routine
The problem with most muscle confusion workouts is that while they are all based on the same scientifically proven* principles, the majority barely scratch the surface of what it truly means to confuse your muscles.
I mean sure, they are much more confusing than a typical weight training routine, but in terms of MAXIMUM muscle confusion… they aren’t even close. That’s why I’ve spent the last 5 years experimenting firsthand with various confusing techniques and training methods to put together what is BY FAR the most effective and optimally confusing workout you will EVER see.
So, if you’re ready to build muscle, lose fat or do both, it’s time to get to the details.
Muscle Confusion Frequency & Split
The key to a typical workout routine is selecting a weight training frequency and weekly schedule that is ideal for your goal and experience level. You basically want it to be as high as it can be WITHOUT exceeding your capacity to recover. For beginners, that’s often 3 times per week per muscle group (using a full body split). For intermediate and advanced trainees, that’s often 2 times per week per muscle group using any number of highly proven splits (upper/lower, push/pull/legs, etc.)
But with muscle confusion workouts, this all changes completely.
You see, the first rule of an effective “non-confusing” weight training routine is that you must have a consistent plan and overall structure that is always strictly followed. However, the first rule of an effective muscle confusion routine is that there is NO plan or structure.
For this reason, there is NO typical workout split or weekly schedule used at all.
Instead, your split will be determined via the use of a scientifically proven* method known simply as CAL-DART. What is cal-dart, you ask? Cal-dart is an advanced technique that involves a wall calendar and a dart from a normal dartboard (hence the name… cal-dart). You then…
- Hang the calendar on a wall.
- Stand 5-10 feet away.
- Throw a dart at the calendar.
- Whatever day of the week it lands on… that will be chest day.
- Throw the second dart. Whatever day it lands on will be biceps and triceps day.
- Repeat this process until every major muscle group has a day. Use the following order: chest, biceps and triceps, back, shoulders, legs, abs.
Confused? Good… that means it’s working! Now let’s put together the exercises that will be preformed in each of your workouts.
Muscle Confusion Workouts & Exercises
With a typical weight training routine, you will have each workout fully planned out in advance from top to bottom. The exact exercises you’ll do, the exact order you’ll do them in, and the exact amount of sets and reps you’ll do for each. But as you can already see, there is nothing confusing about this at all. Your muscles will know exactly what’s going on and expect it all to happen!
For this reason, everything you know about weight training is going right out the window.
Instead, each of our muscle confusion workouts will be spontaneously designed on the day of each workout. How? By using the most effective and highly confusing scientifically proven* training method I’ve ever used. Here’s how it works…
- Go to an area in your gym where there are the most machines. (If you work out at home, lay out all of your equipment in the biggest room in your house.)
- Put on a blindfold. This step is crucial, so be sure it’s a regulation, Olympic sized blindfold.
- Have your training partner or spotter spin you around over and over for 45-60 seconds.
- As soon as they finish spinning you, start sprinting!!!!!
- Whatever machine or piece of exercise equipment you run into and/or trip over first, immediately start using it for 3 sets of 1-20 reps (be sure to ask a random person to pick a number between 1 and 20 before you begin).
- When finished, repeat these steps over again until you’ve done 4 exercises total for that day’s major muscle group.
By the end of this workout, your muscles won’t have a clue what the F is going on! And that right there is the key to a successful muscle confusion workout. In my experience, this is BY FAR the best way to use this scientifically proven* method to make it happen.
Muscle Confusion Nutrition
And while this type of training works well with most diets, there is one simple highly effective tip that I’ve personally used to nutritionally confuse the crap out of my muscles. And that tip is:
- Before your workout… have your post workout meal. Yup, your POST workout meal.
- Immediately after your workout, have your PRE workout meal.
I’ve found that doing this takes confusion to a whole new level and really makes your muscles wonder what the hell is going on. Try it and see. It works amazingly well.
Now Put It Into Action!
And that’s the full details of The Ultimate Muscle Confusion Workout Routine. Good luck, and enjoy the results you’re guaranteed to get when using this scientifically proven* training method!
* Not actually scientifically proven.
Oh wait, my bad. There’s one final tip I almost forgot to mention…
Muscle Confusion Is BULLSHIT!
Everything you just read was a joke, and I can only hope and pray that everyone caught on to that long before reaching this point. The truth is, this entire “training method” is pure bullshit.
Like most of the stupid crap that exists in the world of diet and exercise, muscle confusion workouts are just another silly gimmick used to sell a product (yay for P90x!) and get your money. It has no legit basis of any kind under any circumstance, and it serves no beneficial purpose whatsoever.
As if that wasn’t bad enough… it turns out that it’s also a gimmick that is actually counterproductive to your goal of building muscle, and completely and utterly useless to your goal of losing fat and getting lean.
So yeah, I’m saying the entire concept of “confusing your muscles” is garbage. Let me show you why…
Why Muscle Confusion Workouts SUCK For Building Muscle
In case you didn’t know, the primary training requirement for building muscle is progressive overload. Now, there are plenty of ways to progress and plenty of ways of implementing them. But for the sake of showing an example, I’m going to only discuss the most common.
And that is, you need to gradually lift heavier and heavier weight over time and/or lift the same weight for more and more reps. So if you bench press 100lbs for 3 sets of 8 reps today, you need to strive to bench press 100lbs for 3 sets of 9 reps next time. Or, bench press 105lbs for that same 3 sets of 8.
And when you can do this, your goal next time is to keep adding reps and/or weight and keep striving to increase the demands being placed on your body. Whether you get 1 additional rep or lift 5 additional pounds… this is progressive overload, and this is the key to building muscle.
With me so far? Good.
Now do you know what the key to making progressive overload happen is? Besides a proper overall workout routine, a proper diet, and hard work? Consistency. You must create a consistent environment that will allow your body to actually progress.
What I mean is, you can’t progress at something if you are constantly changing what it is you are trying to progress at. How can you expect to get stronger at the bench press if you stop bench pressing every other workout or constantly alter the format in which it is being done in?
It’s like trying to learn to play the piano but then stopping after a week to learn to play the guitar instead (music confusion, baby!). You’ll end up never getting very good at either, especially not in anything close to an ideal time frame.
But this is exactly what muscle confusion workouts are designed to make you do. Confuse your muscles by pointlessly changing things all the time that had no reason to be changed and will only HURT your progress as a result of being changed.
The only thing your muscles will be confused about is why in the hell you’re training like such an idiot and not providing the consistency they need to progress and actually stimulate muscle growth.
Why Muscle Confusion Workouts Are USELESS For Losing Fat
Fat loss happens as a result of one thing and one thing only… a caloric deficit. You need to eat less calories, burn more calories, or do a combination of both. It’s the basic calories in vs calories out equation, and it’s literally the only thing that causes fat loss.
Meaning, if you maintain your current weight eating 3000 calories per day, you’ll lose weight (in the form of body fat) by consuming 2500 calories per day instead. Similarly, rather than eating less calories, this same deficit can be created by simply burning more calories through exercise (such as cardio or weight training). Or, a combination of both.
That’s it. That’s how to lose fat.
Muscle confusion doesn’t even begin to play a role in anything that is even remotely related to the process of fat loss. Sure, it involves exercising and exercise burns calories… but that’s just proof that exercise works. Muscle confusion has nothing to do with it (other than possibly being the stupid gimmick that gets you exercising in the first place).
Whether the workouts you’re doing are “confusing your muscles” DOES NOT MATTER AT ALL in terms of losing fat. They could be the most clear and understandable workouts of all time (that’s the opposite of confusing, right?), and they can be repeated over and over again. The degree of “confusion” is completely irreverent.
I know what you’re thinking now…
But Doesn’t Your Body Adapt To Your Workouts And Stop Improving?
Yes, there is some truth to the thinking behind this dumb gimmick. It is true that, at some point, your body will adapt to the training stimulus being provided and stop improving. This actually IS a proven fact.
At some point, bench pressing 100lbs for 3×8 might stimulate muscle growth. But at some point soon after, it won’t. Your body will adapt to bench pressing 100lbs for 3 sets of 8 and therefore stop improving.
But here’s the thing. As I’ve previously explained in my article about changing your workout too often, you don’t need to CHANGE the training stimulus to start building muscle again. You just need to INCREASE the stimulus. That’s how progressive overload works.
As long as you keep progressing, your body will keep improving. It’s when that progression STOPS that it’s time to change your workouts around in some manner so you can start progressing again. Muscle confusion workouts have you doing this long before you ever reach that point, and that’s just as dumb and counterproductive as can be.
So if you want your body to keep improving and continue adapting, you just need to keep progressing and giving it an increased training stimulus to adapt to. As long as progression is taking place at an acceptable rate over time, positive results will come.
Only when that progression stops is it time to actually change something, and it could be months before that time legitimately comes. (More about that here: How, When & Why To Change Your Workout Routine)
Your Muscles Need To Be Challenged, Not Confused
So the next time you’re thinking about pointlessly and unnecessarily changing your workouts around for the purpose of adhering to a training concept that is based on nothing and exists for the sole purpose of sounding cool and appealing to you in an effort to get you to waste your money on whatever garbage is attached to it, I have a WAY better suggestion…