how often should one change their lifting routine....
05-23-2009 02:31 PM
starting within the last 2 months i've changed my routine everytime i w/o. i never did this before, a buddy suggested it. ever since doing this my gains have steadly increased. i truely understand sticking with something til it stops working, and i was from the school of thought of sticking with a routine for a certain amount of time or until the gains ceased. now the mixing it up every w/o has my gains, size and endurance going up. i'm not saying it's for everybody, i'm not saying the other ways are wrong, but for me, switching it up all the time has me making progress. and i have to wonder if some of the people who suggest sticking with something for a while has even tried to mix it up every w/o or i their opinion is just based in what they know and not keeping an openmind to trying something new or thinking outside the box.
05-24-2009 06:53 PM
^^^ i do the same thing. my assistance workouts always change to help where i need it most ex..if im failing at lockouts forcus on tricep strength. and if im failing at bottom focus on shoulder strength.. always change up bicep and tricep depending on the amount of volume and weights used on lifts b4 doing tri's and bis
05-24-2009 07:29 PM
Like every one stated there are various ways. I personally like every 4 weeks, and when I change it up I do a break.
I had my buddy stop doing bench press for a few weeks, when he came back to it after I had him doing some other workouts he was up about 30lbs on his bench. ^.^
05-24-2009 07:39 PM
When a plateau is reached, which, for me, is usually in the 6-8 week range.
Originally Posted by lift or die
Even just a change in the time that one goes to the gym can be a change, when I go in the morning instead of my usual afternoons, I have a rougher time moving the same weight.
Originally Posted by madds87
05-24-2009 07:50 PM
Running with the Big Boys
If you know what your goal is, and you know what to do re training (and nutrition) to achieve that goal, then you can do a DIFFERENT (and note that when I say "different" I don't mean a complete overhaul of everything) session every single training, and STILL get the results you want. Hell, even INcreasing weights (but staying with the same session re exercises (and order), sets, reps, and recovery time) is a CHANGE.
Originally Posted by lennoxchi
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