Do you walk into your home gym or commercial gym and do the same workout day after day because you are not sure how to change up your routine? This is a common theme that I hear from many of my clients when they first start working with me. They are familiar with a variety of exercises but don’t know how to vary their routine in the gym. This can lead to boredom and a lack of desire to workout. I’m going to show you some simple ways you can add a little spark into your workouts. Come step outside of your comfort zone with me!
There are so many ways to create variety, intensity and efficiency into your workouts. One of the easiest ways is to play around with the types of sets you use in your workout. There are many ways to do this - let's look at a few of the more common types of sets.
For all of these types we will use 3 sets of 10 (3 x 10) to help with the explanations.
What you are probably doing in the gym:
Straight sets: This is the typical type of workout also known as ‘standard exercise order.’ This is a number of repetitions of one exercise (for example a bicep curl) followed by a rest period, then one or more sets of the same exercise.
3 x 10
Perform 1 set of 10 repetitions of bicep curls, rest your prescribed time, then complete your 2nd set of 10 reps, rest, finish with the 3rd set of 10 reps. Then move on to your next exercise.