Gym Workout Routine General Rules of Thumb

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Gym workout routines should take certain factors into
consideration. Although there are many different ways you can train, you
should consider these factors and follow the suggested general rules of
thumb below.

Workout Routine

Gym Workout Routine Factors:

Exercise Choices.
exercise choices should be appropriate in relation to both the
participant/s ability and goals. For example, a soccer player may
perform exercises that mimic movements used on the pitch, whereas a
strength athlete is likely to perform mainly compound exercises.

Exercise Order.
work together to perform an exercise (whether in unison or other), it
must be considered the roles that these muscle groups play and the
subsequent order in which we perform exercises within our gym workout
routines. For example, as our core muscles (lower back & abs)
stabilize us during most exercises, ab. and lower back exercises should
be performed at the end of a workout.

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Sets & Repetitions.
some people are predisposed to be or look a certain way thanks to their
genetic make-up, our body still adapts to the stimulus we place upon
it, thereby making it more efficient. So, in terms of sets &
repetition ranges, these should be relative to our goals. For example,
many would-be bodybuilders like to perform an infinite number of
repetitions in order to feel a “pump”. Given that this “pump” is lactic
acid build-up, they are increasing the endurance capabilities of their
muscles by attempting to lift the same weight for a longer duration each
time. Their muscle will only adapt & grow if their weight training
warrants it – frequently & consistently subjecting the muscles to a
greater load.

Training Days.
Avoid over training, but be aware
that not training often enough will not bring about the desired
physiological changes. Again, this subject is open to debate, but
certain circumstances will indicate whether you are training too little
or too much. For example, a common under-training mistake for a gym
newbie to make is to revert immediately to a split routine, whereby they
train a body part once a week. Their muscles ache for several days
afterward and yet the weights they’re lifting remain the same – why?
Answer: They are not training frequently enough for their muscles to
warrant adapting (growing) to cope with the load being lifted,
therefore, each week they suffer the same muscle soreness and can only
lift the same weight. In this instance, a greater frequency of training
(perhaps each body part twice a week) and an increase of dietary protein
would be advisable.

The exercise diagrams (& key steps) that I provide online
indicate the functions different muscles play during exercise, which
will help toward designing your own gym workout routines.

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