A common mistake with workout routines.

April 25, 2008

I see a lot of people ask about their workout routines (you know, is this good? is this bad? etc) mainly though, they ask “Am i doing too much? or too little?”. The problem is, they are asking the wrong person. When you want to know whether you need to do less or more, you need to ask yourself. “Is this too easy? or maybe its a little too hard?”. if you go online and ask someone these questions, most of the time they will not be able to answer you, and even if they can, it won’t be completely accurate. After all, they can’t tell how you feel the day after a workout, but YOU of course, can. If you are so sore things like walking or bending over hurt the day after your workout, you may be overdoing it a bit. if you don’t feel the burn in the slightest the day after, or better yet, don’t even work up a sweat, you may need to add a few pounds to those weights.

Seriously, just use a little experimentation and common sense to judge whether you need to do less or more. i aim for feeling a mild burn the day after, not enough to stop me from working out again, or participating in martial arts, or other psychical activity’s but enough to let me know i got somewhere with my training.

Another thing you should remember, is not to make your routine overly complex. You don’t need 8-10 different exercises to work out your whole body. Squats, bench presses, and pull-ups alone will hit every muscle in your body. Add in some calf and shin raises and maybe some wrist training and your set. If, for whatever reason, you think you need to use a large number of exercises, don’t do them all in one day, work your upper body one day, your lower body the next, etc.



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