Tuesday April 8, 2014
First things first, happy happy bday to my oldest stepdaughter! I would say her age but she might not like that. I think she looks way younger than her age! Always wish family was closer so we could celebrate with them!
On to counting repetitions (reps) when lifting weights:
OK, somebody is a hog in the gym! This is mild to some days I work out! In my defense, I do work out when few people are around AND I do keep an eye out to see if somebody looks like they need something I am hogging.
So, I know many of you have specific programs that you are on. You may want to do a certain number of reps for each exercise you do to accomplish your own personal goals.
Let’s say you are not on a specific program but just learning OR looking to change it up OR drop setting OR just wanting to play around with something new. Here is what I do – I actually do this all the time for most of my exercises. It is just something I started doing years ago & never stopped. Don’t get me wrong, I mix it up in the gym BUT this helps me AND MAY HELP YOU BLAST THRU A PLATEAU!
I have mentioned before in posts that I drop set A LOT! I have written a lot about drop sets & you can search my blog on the green side bar but I have also provided a couple links. This is an advanced move the way I do it so BE CAREFUL if you try it! For me to increase my weights & build muscle for the muscle groups I want bigger, I have to do this because I work out alone. I pick up a weight I can do 4-5 reps of with proper form & drop set from there. How many reps I do is by feel. If I can get 5 I take it. Maybe I can’t one day & get 3. I just drop set from there. DO NOT push yourself to get the 5 if the form is going to be bad. You will end up injured!
For any of your exercises if you are doing straight sets or even drop sets, don’t just stop at 8 or 10 or 12, depending on the reps you planned to do, if you can get a couple more with good form!
For example, I pretty much know what weight I can start at for me. If I am doing triceps cable push downs at a weight I think I can get 10 reps, I DO NOT AUTOMATICALLY STOP THERE. If the bod says I can ink out 1 or 2 or 3 more, I do that! I don’t stop just because I get to a pre-planned rep count. This also gives you ammo to know that you can up your weight next time say if you actually got 5 more than you thought you could do! Bust that plateau!
Give this a try next time you work out. Don’t stop just because.. if you can do some more reps with good form, go for it! Learn from it! Try this with straight or drop sets!
Have you ever tried my workout suggestion above? Are you stronger than you think?
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