Do you mix up your training? How often do you mix it up? What does it mean to you to mix up your training? I am going to touch on all these issues in today's article and hopefully you will walk away knowing exactly how to maximize your results.
Like anything else, when you continue to do the same thing over and over your body eventually adapts and gets bored with the training you are giving it. At that point it stops responding the way you want. This is why I suggest mixing up your training. Take the time to think it through and give your body something to keep it excited.
The Schedule for “Mixing It Up”
Honestly, most people really destroy this aspect of mixing up their training even if they understand the need for it. They change exercises far too frequently, before they have had a chance to get optimal results. I suggest following a different approach by using periodization. An example of this would be as follows, using a deadlift progression.
Week 1 – Deadlifts are done using enough weight to handle 3 sets of 5 repetitions.
Week 2 – Deadlifts are done using enough weight to handle 3 sets of 2 to 3 repetitions
Week 3 – Deadlifts are done using enough weight to handle 3 sets of 1 to 2 repetitions
Week 4 – Deadlifts are done using enough weight to handle 3 sets of 15 repetitions.
At this point you could change to a different exercise or change the progression. The point is that you did the exercise for 4 weeks. You didn't switch it out every single week. Instead, you changed the repetitions which in turn changed how heavy you were lifting.
When you do this your body is always guessing at what comes next and so it becomes stronger. Muscles grow larger the stronger you become. This is the desired result most of us have, so this approach will get you where you want to be.
Mix up your training to get maximum results. It just makes sense. It will keep your body continually guessing.