The Workout Basics
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Make sure to begin each workout session with a warm up. I know everyone has heard this before but it does not hurt to hear it again nor does it hurt to actually warm up. A warm-up may consist of a light stretch and then five to ten minutes of either jogging on a treadmill or riding a stationary bike. Make sure to stretch again after the warm-up run but before you start your workout. Remember, if you do decide to jog or bike it should not be overly strenuous and should not bring you anywhere near the point of sweat.
When it comes to the actual working out please keep this in mind. If you are trying to get stronger, bigger, or sexier then make sure you do not go full out on every single set. You should go all out on your last set and only on your last set Ė it should be a finishing set. After all, you are building up to your goal youíre not already there. So your last set should be a little heavier or at least heavy enough that you can drive yourself to exhaustion finishing that last set. Successfully completing your last set to exhaustion is the goal of your workout. This is the step where you tear the muscles fibers that allow new muscle fiber growth.
To illustrate this point a proper 3 set muscle workout should be as follows: Set one should be done to sixty percent of maximum exertion followed by set two which will be roughly seventy to eighty percent of maximum exertion which in turn is followed by set three which will be the maximum exertion set.
You should always try to record the number of reps done in each set as well as the level of exertion you feel you reached in each set. This is the best way to ensure progress and avoid running into a plateau phase. In addition, recording helps one to figure out what works for them and what does not work. You wont be able to retune your workout to your body if you donít know or donít remember what routines and sets you have tried in the past.
Finally, remember to rest. Itís really simple and easy to say yet there are still way too many men out there who are forgetting to get proper rest after a workout. This doesnít just mean the night-of the workout or even the next day. No, this means lay off that muscle group for a few days (three to four minimum), get lots of sleep and eat according to a caloric intake that meets your goals/needs.
So next time you go to the gym remember these basics and make sure you try out any of the hints and tips that you may not have known in order to help make your next workout session a success. Remember, it is all about figuring out what works best for you and your body. After all, real men workout - properly.
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