Working out is supposed to be fun, not just productive. One of the ways to make it more fun (in a sadistic sort of way) is to make it harder- which in turn makes it more productive.
Doing the same old, same old in the gym, is all well and good — until it's results in a power plateau. Mix in these techniques next time you're in the weight room to help blast through plateaus and add just the spice needed to keep you coming back to the gym day after day (except on rest days, of course!).
Been going to the gym for a while and sick of doing the same program and the same exercises? You could try a totally different approach like mixed implement training or go with a more functional approach.Or if you want to stick with what you know but add a new twist here are some different strength training methods to mix up your program.You can mix these different methods with working over time rather than reps for a different stimulus again.
- Single set with two or more exercises
- Can train opposing muscle groups
- Little or no rest in between
- Eg Bench press followed by lat pull down
- Can train the same muscle group or body part
- One set of several different exercises performed in succession
- Little or no rest in between
- This method is good if you are limited on time because you can move back and forth through exercises quite quickly.
- Full range of movement (ROM) mixed with partial ROM exercises, i.e. 7-10 reps top half, 7-10 reps bottom half, 7-10 full ROM.
- Higher repetitions are used with lighter weights
- Effective for body fat reduction and muscular development (Think Bicep Curls)
- Single joint movement followed by a multi-joint movement, for example triceps pushdown followed by a bench press
- Produces high levels of metabolic and cellular stress for hypertrophy, strength and muscular endurance
- This form of training fatigues the nervous system very quickly from intense nature of the loading, so this form is not to be used frequently.
- Series of exercises arranged in a particular order
- Time and space efficient
- Suitable for beginners – does not develop specific strength or aerobic fitness goals
- Circuit Training develops muscular endurance, aerobic capacity, anaerobic capacity, muscular strength and decreases body fat while increases lean muscle mass
- Working on eccentric strength (greater than concentric strength)
- Eg. Chin up – assisted on way up, then lowering as slow as possible.
- Note: will cause a great deal of soreness and should only be used by more advanced lifters
- There are many advantages and disadvantages of each of the methods name above. Trying out some new methods will hopefully increase your motivation in the gym which at the end of the day will give you the biggest spur to achieve better results. Make sure you have suitable supervision when undertaking the more advanced methods especially negative, these will often require more than one spotter, and be prepared to be feeling sore!
Remember, the real trick to getting stronger is to progressively move more and more weight, so keep in mind that these tricks and tips are meant to supplement that goal, have a play with these techniques and see which one suits your training style.
I have only touched upon a few methods here, there are plenty more.....If you need any help or have any questions on these methods, please feel free to drop me a message :) Happy Lifting.