After you train there is one thing you have to do in order to get stronger.
And that is RECOVER!
Without recovery you’ll only train yourself into the ground. You don’t have to recover 100% between workouts but you do need to get most of the way there.
In my workouts I’ve been doing five working sets for my main exercises. But as I progressed and the weights went up this became harder and harder. That’s to be expected.
However, I felt completely beat at the end of most workouts. It was too much and I felt a little rundown the next day. Sometimes this resulted in a less than optimal workout that day.
So this week I am starting an experiment. I’m cutting my working sets down from five to three sets. Just more than half the volume.
The thing is, in training, you have to do enough to trigger gains. From there it’s a matter of recovering than doing it again next time.
This experiment will mean less total work, though no less intensity. It should still be plenty to force myself to get stronger.
Plus, from less overall volume, the workout will take less time and less of my recovery ability.
If you’re not making gains like before perhaps doing less, not more is the ticket to breaking new ground.
I’ll report later on how this works out for me. I expect good things.
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