Article Summary:How to keep your strength training workout fresh and effective all year long.
Even the most devoted exercisers can get bored doing the same workouts week after week. And if the mind is getting bored, you can bet that the body is as well, which means that it isn't being challenged as much as it should.
But with the many training options to utilize, there's no reason to be bored. This is especially true when it comes to strength training. Variety with resistance training is practically endless - from different pieces of equipment, training techniques, sequences and more.
Here are ten ways to change up your strength training workout to ensure your body is optimally challenged and that boredom is kept at bay.
Change your exercises
It's easy to get comfortable doing the exercises you are most familiar with but it's important to try new ones. And, there are so many different exercises to try you could easily try new exercises every week for an entire year!
Try different equipment
Don't get in the exercise machine rut. Try exercises using dumbbells, resistance bands, fitness ball, and others.
Try circuit training
This method requires you perform a series of exercise moves one right after the other with little to no rest between the exercises.
Alter the order of exercises
Simply changing which exercise you do first, last and in the middle can have big results on the effectiveness of your routine.
Change the intensity
If you normally push yourself to lift weights that fatigue you quickly (less than 8 reps), try lowering the weight size and simultaneously increasing the number of reps.
Try a super set program
This type of workout technique has you perform several sets of two for agonist and antagonist muscles (opposing muscles). An example of this would be leg curls followed by leg extensions.
Alter the speed of your training technique
A typical exercise might require 8 seconds to perform a rep. To change that up you may try 15 seconds per exercise.
Change your workout frequency
Try increasing from 2 to 3 days per week or instead decreasing the number of weekly workouts you perform.
Don't ignore rest and recovery time
Sometimes you'll want to keep your rest time between sets to a minimum and other times you may want it to be as much as 1-2 minutes. Also, some weeks you may want to allow for several days of recovery between workout sessions and others may only need 48 hours.
Ask for help
To push yourself to your potential, you may want to occasionally try the assisted training technique. This requires you have a spotter who assists you to perform an additional 2-4 reps when you think you have reached your limit.
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