how often should one change their lifting routine....
- 05-21-2009, 12:08 PM
- 05-21-2009, 12:13 PM
I like to switch it up once a month. Sometimes just do the exercises in a different order and sometimes I will switch the actual routine. I get bored fast
- 05-21-2009, 12:27 PM
When you stop making gains.
05-21-2009, 02:29 PM
ok.... i try and to mix my workout up bout every two weeks... still lifting the same area just different techniques... but i didnt know if that was a good way to go about it or not?
05-21-2009, 02:41 PM
At least every 2 weeks to avoid a plateau with at least different volume / intensities
05-21-2009, 02:48 PM
05-21-2009, 07:15 PM
However, you can change your sessions weekly, just by making a few differences to exercises, order of exercises, sets, reps, weight, even following the "same" programme. You'll still be getting change and progress.
It's really up to the individual how and when they make changes. But you don't need to give your training programme a complete overhaul. As long as you know what you're doing, then subtle changes along the way is the best way to go, IMO.
05-21-2009, 07:58 PM
I agree ^^. I have my staple compounds, and i will rotate exersises about every 4 weeks. I think if your in tune with your body and its progression, you will know.
05-21-2009, 08:10 PM
never do the same exact workout twice...weather it's the specific kinds of lifts you do or the number of reps you do
05-21-2009, 08:24 PM
05-22-2009, 02:25 AM
Why would you want to change things if you are still making good gains on whatever you are doing?
05-22-2009, 05:45 AM
05-22-2009, 08:14 AM
The only thing i really gauge is my main lifts for the day, and sometimes my supplemental lifts. When i can't progress anymore, i usually either continue on with a lower rep range or switch the exercise around. I use progressive overload on just about everything. It can be 5 weeks or 15 doing the same thing as long as all goes well.
05-22-2009, 08:16 AM
ok... so i am still seeing growth than i shouldnt really change everything in my workout...
05-22-2009, 08:56 AM
whenever you stop making gains, but if you are still making gains there is no reason to switch up... if it ain't broke don't fix it... when I hit a stand still I will do different grips, switch from dumbell to barbell, less weight more reps.. something to change it up, but i never make any drastic changes my workouts are pretty much always the same.
05-22-2009, 09:24 AM
05-22-2009, 11:51 AM
i completely agree with UGHQTempus. no need to change while you are still making gains.
05-22-2009, 11:57 AM
Change when you begin to hit a plateau. No need to force yourself to change routines after an arbitrary amount of time. Part of the fun of lifting is learning new methods of training and what your body responds to. It's very much a trial and error process.
05-23-2009, 01:21 AM
I change mine everyweek. For example, if I start my Back workout with Pull-downs... I miht start the next week with D-lifts.
I'll also change up close-grip/wide-grip for different exercises every other week.
I'm always open for new ideas, so far this has worked pretty well though!
05-23-2009, 02:02 AM
Every 3 months for me.... DC 3 day routine,.. then 3 months later change to a 5-day traditional routine. Works wonders for me.
05-23-2009, 01:31 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, 05:53 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, 06:29 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, 06:39 PM
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