Just a quick one today. No matter how many different plans and workouts and no matter what your goals in the gym are, there is one thing that everyone agrees on: Overload. What that means is that to improve in any one area you must push body harder than it is used to being pushed. If you want to get bigger, you must lift more. If you want to lose fat, you must keep your heart rate higher for longer, etc. How this can apply to you can vary.
Something that I have been concentrating on lately is rest periods. I have always been conscious of my time between sets, but lately I have been much stricter about it. If I am in a strength progression, I allow myself either 90 seconds or two minutes, depending on the exercise. If I am in a hypertrophy (muscle growth) progression, I give my self one minute. I have a little timer (http://www.gymboss.com/) that I start as soon as I am done one set, and when it goes off my set starts. That means I ready myself to start the set at about 10 seconds or so to go.
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Anyway, keep this in mind when doing your next workout. Push!
Mitchell Rothbardt www.mitchrothbardttraining.com (coming soon)