How to Vary Your Exercise Routine
By Dane C. Fletcher
If you are a true disciple on following the best methods and routine on adding muscles then you are at home with this article .An exercise routine should include various set schemes and repetition variations. This should incorporate super sets, pre exhaust, giant sets, low reps, and high reps.
However if you want to achieve the best results during your training it is vital that you vary your exercise routine. There are many articles written by expert bodybuilders giving advice on how to vary your exercise routine so as to avoid overtraining. Some suggest that you need to vary your routine after every 3 weeks, or 4 weeks, or 5 weeks.
For me I tried varying my workout routine every 2 weeks, 3 weeks and 5 weeks and the thing is, I did not get the results I was hoping for. This is due to the fact that just before I got the results I was aiming for it would be time to switch to another routine. In essence this is not good thing because you are not giving your body enough time for it to adapt to the new movements and the stress associated with this new movements. If I knew what I know now I would have saved a lot of time in the process. It is like climbing a mountain each day and you never reach the pick simply because you start from the bottom in every attempt you make daily.
After several attempts, I realized I was heading nowhere and then I remembered I was ignoring the first principle in training with weights. It proposes that you should keep doing whatever you are doing, as long as it is working for you. I had ignored this principle completely such that even if the routine I was doing was working, I would change it and assume that I would get better results than if I had maintained the original routine. My way of reasoning could not have been further from the truth. Instead I should have maintained the original routine as long as they yielded good results and:
1. Prevent the routine from being monotonous by adjusting exercises which are non compound like the pec deck, and the concentration curls. These include such techniques as the super sets.
2. Always remember the vital compound exercises in my routine and try to do them first.
3. Increase more rest in my routine to equal the increase I have gained in strength.
4. Increase my dietary nutrition to equal the gain in strength.
I essence my routine would not vary overall, and the only variations which will occur will in no way affect the core compound exercises. There are cases however, where I would vary my routine especially when I have finished the main workout. As a rule I never forget to include the core exercises in my routine.
For you to succeed remember to begin with a routine which best meets your goals, be it be burning more fat or increasing your lean body muscles.
Dane Fletcher is the world’s most prolific bodybuilding and fitness expert and is currently the executive editor for BodybuildingToday.com. If you are looking for more bodybuilding tips or information on weight training, or supplementation, please visit www.BodybuildingToday.com, the bodybuilding and fitness authority site with hundreds of articles available FREE to help you meet your goals.
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