Skip to main content
  1. Life
  2. Health & Fitness
  3. Fitness & Exercise

Break out of your exercise rut

See also

Love exercise but sick and tired of not getting the results you deserve? Making small changes in your current routine could be just what you’re looking for. Implement one or more of the following plateau busters next time you’re exercising.

1. Change the tempo

Increasing the time your muscles are under tension will spark lactic acid or the “burn’ you feel. In turn your body produces growth hormone. This sparks more muscle growth and greater potential for fat loss.

Try this

With any exercise, take 5 seconds on the lowering phase (going to the floor on a pushup) and 5 seconds on the “up” phase. Do anywhere between 7- 10 repetitions. Check your ego at the door and use less resistance when following this protocol.

2. Hold on!

Take the momentum out of any exercise you do by holding the “bottom” position of the exercise. For example holding the position of the squat when you thighs are parallel to the ground. As little as a 3 second hold will do the trick.

Try this

Hold the bottom position of a squat, bench press, push up or any lunge variation for 3 seconds. Do the rest of your lift at a controlled tempo.

3. Change your repetition ranges

Instead of doing 3 sets of 10 on every exercise, try adding more resistance and doing 4 sets of 5 reps. Instead of working in the 4-6 repetition range go lighter and work in the 12-15 repetition range. Muscle building and fat loss happen in a variety of repetition ranges. Change it once in a while.

4. Change your exercise order

Do biceps curls before you do any pulling exercise. Do triceps extensions before any pressing exercise. Or turn your exercise routine upside down and do what is last, first.

5. Timed sets

Set your stop watch and go, go, go. Doing 3 sets of 10 repetitions can get dull. But working against the stopwatch can be the plateau buster you’ve been looking for.

Try this

Pick one press exercise, one leg exercise and one pull exercise. For example

  1. Shoulder press
  2. Goblet Squat
  3. Dumbbell row.

Do each exercise for 30 seconds. Do as many reps as possible. Rest 1 minute between moves. Rest 2 minutes at the end. Increase the weight by 10% and try and beat the amount of repetitions you did last time. You may wonder what hit you.

To get the results you deserve, you need to exercise smarter, not harder. Small changes like those above can produce big results. What are you waiting for?

Advertisement

Life

  • Transgender cop
    A transgender police officer is stepping down from her position to run for office
    Video
    Political Office
  • Easter eggs
    Craft delicate, hand-painted eggs with flowers and other designs celebrating spring
    Camera
    Easter Eggs
  • Subway message
    Subway customer finds 'Big Mama' written on her order
    Video
    Subway Message
  • Working from home
    Working from home can be an exciting venture. Get tips to ensure productivity
    Camera
    Get Tips
  • Limes
    Rising cost of limes could be putting the squeeze on your favorite restaurant
    Expensive Limes
  • Pope Francis
    Religion: Pope Francis instructs how to fight against Satan
    Morning Mass

User login

Log in
Sign in with your email and password. Or reset your password.
Write for us
Interested in becoming an Examiner and sharing your experience and passion? We're always looking for quality writers. Find out more about Examiner.com and apply today!