Strength Basics

Getting stronger, fitter, and healthier by sticking to the basics. It's not rocket science, it's doing the simple stuff the right way. Strength-Basics updates every Monday, plus extra posts during the week.

Friday, December 17, 2010

A little bit of progress at a time

Quick Tip:

If upping the top weight you do a given day is hard, up the lower weights.

For example. You're pressing dumbbells for 3 sets of 6. You've done 6 x 40, 6 x 45, and 6 x 45. But 45 is heavy and you can't quite make the jump to 50. So, do 45 for all three sets across next time and then try 40/45/50 the time after that. The goal is to just add a little more total work each time if you can't add to the top set.

I use this all the time with clients who can't handle big jumps, and with exercises I can't make 5-pound jumps on, as well. It's progress, and every session where you get in a little more of a training effect than the time before is a good session.

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