I guess it was because I grew up in the 70s and 80s and loved old school bodybuilding that I thought this way –
You know – that every set has to be taken to failure otherwise you won’t grow or get stronger.
You have to just feel plain ol’ wiped out at the end of every workout in order for it to have mattered.
And let’s not forget, you have to be sore the next morning – the more sore the better – otherwise your workout was for naught.
But man, as you get older, you just can’t train that way.
It’s no longer your muscles that get sore, but your joints too – and that’s zero fun.
These days, I hate walking away from workouts feeling tired.
And I absolutely HATE feeling sore the next day.
Cause both of them slow down my recovery and therefore lengthen the time it takes for me to get the results I’m looking for.
Are you still falling into this trap?
The myth of “go heavy or go home?”
Yeah, that works well for people who use “supplements” but for the rest of us, it just doesn’t cut it.
That’s why I keep my own training sessions to about 30 minutes and sometimes less.
Two, three, sometimes (rarely) four exercises per workout.
In fact, the more exercises I put in a workout, the less total reps per exercise I do.
You should do it that way too.
By using this set up I get to increase the frequency of my workouts so I can practice the “skill of strength.”
Plus, it keeps my anabolic and stress hormones balanced out which is critically important with a 15 month old who can’t quite figure out his sleep schedule.
That way I get stronger and stay lean pretty much all year round.
(I was talking to a friend of mine last night and he saw a recent video of me and couldn’t believe how lean I had gotten since he first met me when I was 220 pounds.)
I use workouts very similar to these:
If you want to get stronger with less effort, you should use them too.