Posts tagged: workouts
Be careful if you are one to work out hard at the gym every single day of the week.
1. Imagine your output being measured in bytes.
2. Now imagine an average workout being equivalent to a song file (megabytes).
3. Now imagine a heavy workout being equivalent to a movie file (gigabytes).
If you were to download a movie, you’d have to wait a few hours and for a song file, maybe a minute or 2. If you were to overlap downloads, the quality of the speed decreases, right?
In exercise terms, make sure to give your body enough energy for output AND make sure not to compromise REST. It’s nice to hit the gym hard a lot because it shows gains in endurance, but it is necessary to give the body a break to shift into muscle building/repair. “Queuing your metabolic needs” will result in a less than efficient distribution of energy allotted for recovery and basic metabolic needs.
Now if all you’re doing is “downloading picture files (kilobytes)” all week, then go crazy… weirdo.
I always hear guys say, “I do sets of 10” and girls say, “I do sets of 20.” It’s a stereotype just like the one about girls shying away heavy weight to avoid “bulking up.”
Here’s a very basic breakdown of how to determine your workout rep plan:
I plan to increase my strength gains. Here’s what I do.
I want to tighten of my muscles. Here’s what I do.
I want to maintain my muscle. Here’s what I do.
-Men and women benefit from both low and high rep workouts. It’s all about what shape and what functionality you want your body to achieve. Don’t focus too much on what magazine or website articles tell you in their “celeb” workout plans. As long as you can look at your body and see what needs work, pick and choose the associated exercises and apply these simple rep rules. Otherwise you’re just wasting your time doing someone else’s workout.
FINAL NOTE: Remember to eat well and make sure you understand what each exercise targets. Use the concept of reps/sets and modify it for your body. Sometimes it’s just genetics!