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~ Three ways to progress your workouts ~

Tuesday, October 08, 2013

.... we all know that in order to make progress, be it to lose weight, gain muscle, or both, we have to continually challenge ourselves as in "geting out of our comfort zone" emoticon emoticon

Three Ways to Progress Your Workouts:
There are a number of different ways to tweak your workouts and exercise regimen to make it more challenging, but below I believe are the big three:

1) Increase the Volume
Exercise volume can be defined and calculated in different ways, but the basic idea is to increase the overall amount of “work” when working out:

• Lift more weight
• Increase the distance of running, or doing cardio
• Increase the number of sets, reps, or exercises performed in a workout
• Increase frequency of workouts per week

2) Decrease the Duration of Exercise. Try to decrease the amount of time it takes you to complete a certain amount of volume:

• If you are running intervals, you can decrease rest between intervals
• During strength training, you can decrease rest between exercises
• If you are going for a jog, you can decrease the amount of time it takes you to run a certain distance

3) Choose Harder Exercises
There are many different exercises, or movements that can be made more challenging:

• Start out walking, then jogging, then running, then sprinting

• Choose harder and harder exercise variations

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~ Dee emoticon
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