Join Date: Jul 2001
Location: Sunny San Diego
Re: The less I lift, the more I feel it?
Originally posted by KevinH78
My guess would have been the more I do, the better the workout but maybe I am wrong?
More overall is better, but you need to change it up in the short term. That means you need to "back off" every so often to prepare your body to push forward even harder by using different exercises, heavier/lighter weights, and more/less sets. Your body grows through change, not just buy pushing up heavy weights. You could do the same routine for months slowly upping the poundages, but you will plateau your gains much sooner, as you body adapts to that program and learns that it doesn't need to grow, as it think it can handle what you've got to give.
For me the best way to mix it up is in weekly cycles. I'm always trying to throw in different exercises regardless of the week, but I make sure to change the core movements every two to three weeks to hit each muscle from all posible angles. Also, every week I use a different weight/rep structure on the given exercises I have chosen to perform to futher mix up the program. For example week one will be three exercises per body part in the high rep range of three sets per exercise of 12-14 reps. Week two I'll stay with three exercises per bodypart, but I'll drop down the reps to 8-10 and throw in an extra set (total of four) per exercise to keep the work load up there. Finally on week three I'll go for a heavy mass building week and do four sets of no more than 5 reps, with plenty of rest between to keep it heavy but controlled, and throw in an extra exercise to keep the total numer of reps up there.
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