The main focus of Escalating Density (EDT) is to greatly increase your overall amount of work accomplished in a given amount of time. This strategy does wonders any athlete attempting to build their cardiovascular endurance, especially those playing sports where physical contact is involved. By building cardio through different movements at the same time, work capacity is skyrocketed as a larger amount of the body is trained.
EDT was developed by Charles Staley and significantly builds more muscle and burns fat in a short amount of time. Personally I have a large amount of experience with this training protocol as it comprised a bulk of my physical training while at Marist College.
Our team trainer was a huge fan of this method and I can attest to its ability to build an aesthetic body!
What is Training Density?
The amount of work which you are able to execute within a given time is known as your training density, scored by simply counting total repetitions performed in the given amount of time. If you are able to successfully perform a total of 15 sets of 10 push-ups within a time frame of 10 minutes, your training density for that specific movement within a time frame of ten minutes would be 150 repetitions.
It is the amount of sets multiplied by the total number of reps that was finished within a specific time frame.
EDT is generally performed using two antagonist exercises. This ensures that one muscle will not give out on the body drastically quicker than any other. Even completely opposite movements such as deadlifts and tricep push-downs work very well. Multiple body parts are worked to exhaustion, and neither is relied upon by the other movement-a win, win!
Methods of Improving Your Training Density
In order to check your training density, you can make use of the example that I will be explaining below. There are two methods that you can adopt:
Method 1: Decrease Work-Time and Maintain Workload
Using this method, if you were to do push-ups, and you have the capacity to do 100 push-ups in 7 minutes, you can increase your training density by doing 100 push-ups in less than 7 minutes.
This means that your training density will increase if you do 100 push-ups in 3 minutes. You will do each workout for two 20 minutes and usually observe a rest time which will last for between 5 to 10 minutes.
When you relate it to weight lifting, then you will maintain the weight while decreasing the time that is needed for you to train. You will definitely increase your rest time as fatigue sets in.
Method 2: Maintain Time and Increase Workload
When using this method, you can increase your workload while maintaining the time, making use of the example earlier used. Since you are able to do 100 push-ups in 7 minutes, you can actually try to do 120 push-ups within the same time frame. By increasing your workload within the same time, you have also increased your training density.
One of the most effective methods that people usually prefer is the repetitive set, which is the method that seeks to maintain the time while increasing the number of workouts.
Reasons Why Escalating Density Training is Effective
There are several reasons why EDT is very effective, some of them include:
One of the striking benefits that you derive from escalating density training is that it burns fat tremendously; as your body will continue to burn fats after several hours of the workout for over 36 hours.
This is as a result of the elevated metabolic rate and this process is referred to as Excess Post Exercise Oxygen Consumption.
Compared with nearly every other type of fat-loss method, the calories burned through EDT ranks higher than nearly anything else!