Part 1 highlighted the need to develop a plan for making progress with properly chosen exercises that will help you build strength effectively and efficiently. Part 2 will deal with the importance of training volume and training intensity. As you’ll see, it’s hard to separate one topic from the other, as intensity is one factor in determining total training volume. Exercise duration and training frequency also contribute to total volume, and they will both receive a brief mention as they are intrinsic to a discussion on training volume and intensity. Please keep in mind that I am presenting general guidelines, as it will be impossible to cover every possible scenario in a single article.
Most weightlifters in almost every commercial gym are doing bodybuilder-styled routines with the requisite volume in training. Performing 5-10 exercises for 3-5 sets of 8-15 reps to failure on 4-6 days per week …Read this post >>
Do you actively participate in a strength training program? That was the easy question, but here’s the more challenging one: Is your program effective? No one likes to feel like they’re spinning their wheels without getting anywhere, and seeing tangible results is a major motivating factor in adhering to an active lifestyle. So, how can you get the most out of your program? In this series of articles, I’m going to cover the following six general guidelines for an effective strength training program:
- How to make progress
- Exercise selection
- Training volume
- Training intensity
- Rest and recovery
As you consider each point, note how your current habits compare with the recommendations and then determine if you have any room for improvement. In Part 1 of 3, we will discuss the first two areas, progression and exercise selection.
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