It's Been a Fairly HAPPY and HEALTHY Tuesday...

in Natural Medicine2 years ago

Actually, most days are happy ones for me - these days; I don't know exactly why, but suspect it has something to do with increased senility.

My basement workout went really well. It was bench press day for chest and I did something a little different to start off... I performed six sets of squats first.

Weird... Right...???

Yet, not so weird once you think about the potential benefit of mixing things up to keep workouts interesting, as well as SHOCKING the body into increased growth, while forced to adapt😠

Changing things up with the order, frequency and other factors was once a well known principle in bodybuilding circles. These days, I rarely hear anyone speaking about it though.

It's a pretty easy to understand theory, which seems to work,

What you do is, every-now-and-then... go into the gym -say, on back and bicep day, then totally f*ck the mind up of well prepared muscle cells, by doing something different.

Our body becomes accustomed to whatever we throw at it on a daily basis in an effort to adjust to the demands we place upon it. This is a good thing in some ways, but not so good in other ways...

It's good that your back muscles will grow bigger and stronger (should you want that) through performing a certain exercise properly, with a certain weight, rep and set range.

If you continue to use the same exercise, with the same weight, reps and sets, workout after workout... you stop getting the same results down the road...

The common method of overcoming or avoiding staleness in weight training, is to increase the intensity of a movement in any way which makes the muscle or muscle-group work harder than previously.

So... By 'me' kicking in a bunch of squats before training chest, caused my pecs to scream, "STOP... What are you CRAZY...?!?!?"

"How do you expect us to move the kind of weight we're accustomed to, if you burned yourself out with squats first...?!?!?!?"

My ticker was complaining too. My heart kept begging me to stop taxing it with bench presses after wearing it out on leg-work.

I refused to relent and pushed on, without mercy; forcing my body to adapt as it prepared itself in anticipation of future engagements, by growing stronger during recuperation😖

This method of training on occasion, will always reap benefits, unless it kills you.

On my next chest workout day, I expect my bench-press to be up at least a few pounds, due to my pecs having healed stronger.

That about explains the most rewarding part of my happy day. I'll come back later and edit this post, if I think of anything else to grace the pages of Hive from @Peakd.

Till then, my friends... Try to stay healthy and happy.



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Coincidentally, I also tried mixing it up today. Usually I end my workouts with curls but today I started with curls. Afterwards, while doing bench press my forearms felt like they were on fire.

Wow... what a coincidence. It's a technique which keeps things interesting and shocks the system into responding positively in new ways😎

Recently, I've gone back to using the three compound movements (deadlift, squat & bench-press) as the base for my training. I concentrate on at least one of these three BIG lifts, adding anything else as I see fit, per workout.

I've also increased my cardio, from 2-3 days, to 3-4 days per week.

It's been working well for me, after a long time of being stagnant. Both my strength level and stamina is on the increase, once again.

I've been doing full body workouts the last 2-3 months - consisting primarily of trapbar deadlits, bench, military press, rows, farmers walk, and curls. I like to think of them as NFL linebacker style workouts. Trying to focus on building whole body strength each workout rather than trying to develop any muscle in particular. Enjoying it and I've gained 8 pounds.

Great to know that guessing exercises game helped you to train in getting your results.

Hi @ninjamike ... Eight pounds of muscle in only two or three months is exceptional, so you might as well keep doing what you're doing😎 in the way you're doing it...

I'm not much focused on symmetry either, these days. Fortunate for me, that always came along well enough naturally, as long as I didn't let myself get too fat (which I never did)

I never said it was all muscle. But I do believe it was mostly muscle because I've kept my diet the same and just added some extra protein.

Great that you found it :) and good luck teaching other who knows only biceps curls ;)

Good luck to people who do curls in the squat rack ;)