Shortcut # 5 – High Intensity Techniques
A lot of hard gainers think the key to making faster gains in the gym is to simply work harder. So they increase the intensity of their workouts with various Eagle Ridge Advanced Fitness Training techniques such as forced reps, super sets, drop sets, and so on… Thinking that the harder they push themselves, the better gains they’ll make.
Is there a better way?
For the average drug free lifter using advanced training techniques and pushing yourself to the limit will quickly lead to burnout, overtraining, and possibly injury.
A very common mistake that you can witness pretty much any day of the week in the gym is to see a couple of eager young lifters doing bench presses with WAAAYYY too much weight on the bar. One guy will be getting ready to bench while his trusty spotter is standing by ready to assist the lift. After getting psyched up the lifter plops down on the bench and takes the bar from the rack, he manages to struggle up 2-3 reps using piss poor form and every ounce of effort his body can muster. Then he gets his spotter to assist him with an addition 3-5 reps.
At the end of the set you wonder who worked the hardest, the guy benching or his buddy pulling the bar off his chest…?
Once you reach failure with an exercise you have stimulated the muscle. Doing more than this is often not only waste of time, but could potentially set you back in your training through risk of injury. Simply doing your sets to positive failure is intense enough to stimulate your muscles to grow.
After each workout record it in your Eagle Ridge Fitness Training journal. Each workout strive to do better by lifting an extra 5 lbs. or doing an extra rep with the same weight. Using progressive overload like this will ensure that you constantly push yourself to make steady strength and muscle gains.
The Real Shortcut to Fast Muscle Growth
Gains in muscle and strength don’t come overnight. They take consistency over the long term. By taking things at a manageable pace and making small frequent improvements week after week with your workouts your muscle size will increase faster than you ever thought possible…
Inch by inch life’s a synch… Yard by yard life is hard…