Shorter Rest Periods

When it comes to resting between there are usually two schools of thought: either you time your rest or you lift again once you’re good and ready. Though there may not be a method that must adhered to in order to see the best results, there’s no doubting that there’s a difficulty found in having shorter rest periods between your sets. You’ll be exhausted afterwards, but why not try shortening your rest intervals and you’ll get to see exactly what you’re made of.

More Weight

No matter what your lifting philosophy is, there’s going to come a day when lifting the same amount of weight day in and day out is simply going to become so routine that it’ll become a practice in tedium. When it’s apparent that you’re lifting the same amount of weight is general ease then it’s time to pack on some more weight. We’re not powerlifting here, we get that, but at the same time what’s the point of weightlifting if you can’t challenge yourself and lift some heavy ass weight once in awhile?  Pick a day out of the week to lift heavy to gauge your level of growth as opposed to sticking with the same weight week after week.

More Volume (Reps/Sets)

Some times adding more weight to your lifts isn’t enough. Upping the volume to your routines can provide you with an adequate challenge. If you normally perform 3 sets of 10 reps then why not add another set on top of that and a few extra reps. Start out slow, perhaps 4 sets of 12 reps to begin with. Once it’s apparent that kind of challenge isn’t cutting it, then add an extra set and pair of reps as well as a bit of weight to make things interesting.


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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.