Variety or routine with weight lifting?

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    Jan 05, 2011 3:09 AM GMT
    Here's my question: is it better to have a lot of variety in terms of exercises/machines/weight lifting, or stick to a consistent routine to which you progressively add more weight?

    My old PT was excellent: his workouts are always different, and yet he gets to each muscle group while adding enough weight for it to be challenging. One week he would substitute pull-ups instead of upright rows, another he would use the Smith machine for more weights with deadlifts. Besides learning my way around the gym, he took away my fears about certain machines.

    My new PT has a different philosophy: he has me on the same routine now for 3 weeks in a row, while adding weights slowly each time. I'm getting a little bored, and some muscle groups (like traps, forearms, low back muscles and gluts) he hasn't allotted any time for. But I don't want to give up on him too soon, and he might get me over the plateau I've hit over the last month when I can't gain any more weight.

    So: is variety the spice of life, or just a gimmick for PTs to entertain the client?icon_question.gif
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    Jan 06, 2011 12:41 AM GMT
    q1w2e3 saidHere's my question: is it better to have a lot of variety in terms of exercises/machines/weight lifting, or stick to a consistent routine to which you progressively add more weight?

    My old PT was excellent: his workouts are always different, and yet he gets to each muscle group while adding enough weight for it to be challenging. One week he would substitute pull-ups instead of upright rows, another he would use the Smith machine for more weights with deadlifts. Besides learning my way around the gym, he took away my fears about certain machines.

    My new PT has a different philosophy: he has me on the same routine now for 3 weeks in a row, while adding weights slowly each time. I'm getting a little bored, and some muscle groups (like traps, forearms, low back muscles and gluts) he hasn't allotted any time for. But I don't want to give up on him too soon, and he might get me over the plateau I've hit over the last month when I can't gain any more weight.

    So: is variety the spice of life, or just a gimmick for PTs to entertain the client?icon_question.gif


    The most important thing you wrote was "I'm getting a little bored..." A while longer and you could be in danger of losing interest. So, mix it up. Tell him why. Because you need variety to stay motivated. On variety in general, it's ok to do the same routine for a few weeks, but you should change it avery six weeks at least, otherwise your muscles get used to doing the same things over and over and the workout becomes less effective.
    Cheers.
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    Jan 06, 2011 12:53 AM GMT
    Variety is the spice of guys.
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    Jan 06, 2011 1:05 AM GMT
    paulflexes saidVariety is the spice of guys.


    lol nice!
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    Jan 06, 2011 1:18 AM GMT
    Variety

    To gain muscle mass, you need to shock the muscle group by engaging in different types of exercises that work different areas of the muscle group. Keeping your routine just that, will allow your muscles to get use to the exercise and slow growth.

    You need to keep your muscles guessing!