Generation IronSometimes you need to make a change.

It can’t be helped, sometimes after a session at the gym you just feel like you didn’t accomplish anything. That rush of excitement you usually get from a tough workout just doesn’t hit you. There’s nothing wrong with you, maybe you’ve had an off day or maybe you just don’t feel as engaged with your routine. When it gets to that point, then you may have to ask yourself if it’s time to make some changes. We have a few suggestions on how to make your work outs a bit more challenging.

Different grips

Sometimes keeping the same grip can prove to be boring. The whole point of the exercise is for your body to be stimulated and sometimes doing the same things day in and day out can end up making you feel underwhelmed after your time at the gym. Why not try switching up the grip you use? The barbell will give you more options for this kind of practice. You can use a mixed grip like you see in deadlifts or a false grip (the thumb on the same side of the bar as the fingers) to make things more challenging.

Exercise Order

There’s nothing wrong with having a structured routine. It keeps things simple and allows you to hit the gym with a game plan rather than have to think on the fly. But if leg day is always a Wednesday, then why no change things up a bit and have leg day on a Monday. If you don’t want to switch up the days, then try switching the order of your exercises. If you start out with leg presses and end with squats then try flipping it and swap the order of the exercises. You may see more gains from the experimentation.

We have three more tips to really push your workout to the next level. Just head over to page 2!

Jonathan Salmon
Managing editor of Generation Iron, Jonathan Salmon is a writer, martial arts instructor, and geek culture enthusiast. He has been writing about bodybuilding, combat sports, and strength sports for over 8 years. Check out his YouTube, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and Sound Cloud for in-depth MMA analysis.