Wednesday, August 12, 2020
Diet & Exercise

New Routine, New Pain


I recently purchased The Men’s Health Big Book of Exercises and I have to tell you, it was $13 well-spent (thank you Kindle).  I’ve been get a lot of good information and ideas for working out.  One of them has been a change in how I lift.  Most recently, I had been doing two-day splits, where I worked certain sets of muscles on one day and other sets of muscles on the second day, doing this cycle twice a week.

I am now doing a 3 day a week full body workout with but, with different weights, depending on the day.  Also, with the exception of the chest, I only work each muscle group once.

Let me explain.  On Day one, I do weights that are heavy enough that I can only do around 5 reps per set for 5 sets, with a few minutes between sets.  The goal is to try to not do more that 25 reps on any muscle group and keep it under 50 total sets.

On Day two, I choose weights just heavy enough that I can do 15 reps per set, for two sets, and taking only about 90 seconds of rest between sets.  This ends up being a sort of cardio/weightlifting workout.

On Day three, I choose weights heavy enough to allow for 10 reps per set, for three sets, taking about 2-3 minutes between sets.

I actually like Day one the best right now because I get to challenge myself with heavier weights.  Day two is great because I can crank through the workout rather quickly and not feel like I’m not spending all my time at the gym.  Day three is okay, also, but I really just like it because the gym is less crowded on a Thursday or Friday evening.

I do say that I really feel it after these workouts.  My body had gotten used to the splits and this routine broke me out of the doldrums for a while.  This change has shocked the system a little bit and made me get focused on my workouts again.

So, this is the new routine, for now.  Let’s see how it goes.

JP Smith
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