I’ve talked about these top-five change-to-gain methods over the past few newsletters…
1) Exercise switch
2) Altered rep speed
3) Stretch overload
4) More or less rest between sets
5) Exercise shuffle
The last one on my list is…
6) Rep-range change
I hesitated to include this one. That’s because I think using a variety of ranges at each workout is how you should train almost always, as in the Old Man, Young Muscle workout….
Still, you may want to experiment with using a workout of all high reps or, if you’re young, all low reps…
I’m not a fan of low reps, especially if it’s about trying to show how strong you are to the rest of the gym. That’s a recipe for injury—either immediate or later in life.
But I know how young whipper snappers think, wanting to drive up the heavy iron, 45s rattling on the ends of an Olympic bar. I’ve been there, my ego-driven mindset pushing me to new PRs—and chronic joint damage…
If you choose to use training phases of power workouts, warm up properly and make sure every one of your reps is perfect—no jerking, heaving, or throwing…
You are allowed to scream, “Beast mode!” if you would like the other people in the gym to watch.
Latest Release: Get the ideal exercise for each muscle, the best add-on moves for ultimate mass, complete 35-minute workouts, exercise start/finish photos and details on building muscle fast and efficiently in Old Man, Young Muscle.
Till next time, train hard—and smart—for BIG results.
Former Editor in Chief, Iron Man Magazine
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