I have found the most logical, and prudent way to workout. Now, when I workout… I don’t stop moving. So how do I accomplish this?
The logic is really easy, lift weights, take a break, then lift the same weight you already lifted again. Some people stack more weight on forming a pyramid of reps. Others take weight off (called a drop-set) adding more reps. However when I tracked the weight training portion of my workouts, I noticed a lot of wasted time.
How I wasted time
Obviously I called the time “rest.” But did I really need this amount of rest? OR did that particular muscle group just need a break, leaving me free to workout some other group that was not recovering?
The day I didn’t stop moving
I did my workout the exact same way, except this time I compacted my stretches, body weight exercises and abs into my “rest” breaks.
My initial findings were that this was obviously a little more taxing on my body. The next day though I was sore. I workout everyday, and I find that I don’t regularly get sore. That was the best part… well actually the best part was my cardio.
I noticed initially that my heart rate was a lot more elevated. So I didn’t have to spend as much times getting myself into the proper zones, and essentially I didn’t have to spend as much time on the arc trainer (which was good news for me).
When you should stop moving
Since your heart rate is elevated, I wouldn’t recommend doing many exercises with your heart above your head. Heart above your head + elevated heart rate = a mess in your gym that no one wants to clean up.
I would also be careful doing massive compound joint lifts. No one died from bicep curls… however if you drop the weight on your head when you are doing a clean and press… that maybe all she wrote.
If you are dizzy stop moving. I hate when people try to “tough it out” at the gym. You are probably average at best at your gym, no one is impressed, and hurting yourself isn’t going to impress anyone either. (But if they gave a gold medal for grunting I am sure you would win it)
Thanks for Reading,