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What does it mean to switch up a work out??

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Old 01-20-2009, 07:52 PM   #1
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Default What does it mean to switch up a work out??

just as the title reads.. its been about 4-6 weeks of me working out and i need to "switch my workout"... however, i have no idea what that means?

does that mean switch the exercises i do? or switch which days i do certain exercises?

im clueless been working out for like 4 years on and off and i dont know what it means..
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Old 01-20-2009, 08:04 PM   #2
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try a different position
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Old 01-20-2009, 08:08 PM   #3
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hmm.. usually that works well with sex.. idk how to do that with working out though =/
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hahah, that's what i was talking about
i don't work out, i sex :P
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I think it just means to switch up which muscles you work every day. If you do the same workouts every time it will just become muscle memory and you won't build nearly as much.
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hahah, that's what i was talking about
i don't work out, i sex :P
lmao.. i literally just laughed out loud

i sex too!! but i havent sexed in like 6 months
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I think it just means to switch up which muscles you work every day. If you do the same workouts every time it will just become muscle memory and you won't build nearly as much.
so you are saying that if i do:

chest shoulders tri's on mondays/wednesday

and

back/bi's/traps on tuesdays/thursdays

that i should switch it to like

chest bi's and shoulders on mon/wed and than tri's back and traps on the other two days??
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Old 01-20-2009, 08:31 PM   #8
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It's means to change your workouts up. You can still workout the same muscle groups together but you change up the workouts you do. The point of this is to keep your muscles from plateauing and to keep em growing. Changing up your workouts keeps your body on it's toes. I have been working out for a little over a year, 5-7 days a week and I just started doing this.

An example would be my back day.

Routine one: Wide grip pull ups, Lat pull downs wide grip, cable rows, and two other machines that you put free weight on, then I do cable rows with one hand at a time and focus on my negatives.

Routine two: Pullups, Closed grip lat pulldowns, deadlift, dumbell bent over rows, I also do bent over rows with a barbell standing (hard to explain). I also try to think of random back workouts I rarely do.

You could also throw super sets into your workouts every now and then. A superset is doing two different workouts without rest. An example would be standing barbell curls to preacher curls.

Another thing I do sometimes is change the amount of reps. I usually do 8 reps and 3 sets. However I sometimes do less weight and 10-12 reps and 3 sets or I do more weight 6 reps and four sets.

Edit: +1 to you can change what to workout together.
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well whos that girl in ur avi and if shes ur gf and not giving u sex then hit her
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Just find a different workout. Whether its different exercises or different amount of reps, just do something different to shock your muscles. You can just google and look at different workouts and find one that is different than yours and do that. And if you have been doing 10 reps then switch to heavier weights for only 6 reps. The main point of switching up a workout is to shock your muscles to make them grow.
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that girl isn't my gf.. jsut some chick that i dont know.. but she is pretty hot so i put her on there

stangman94, thanks for your breakdown.. im actually going to probably use those exact breakdowns for each day.... i can never think of good ones. that sounds legit

wanna break down the exercises for all the body parts if you have time?? im gunna write them all down...

i threw in cleans today.. i thought they worked shoulders, but i feel like they worked my traps/ upper back more.. what is their MAIN function? shoulders right?!?! am i going crazy??

and i LOVE super sets. but i rarely superset.. and when i do, i rarely superset the same body part.. ill do curls and than a set of back or something.. never curls and than more curls ya know?? should i do the same?
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As said, different workout. Doing the same routine every day makes your muscles get used to it. You can work the same muscles and all; just have two different routines, and switch them maybe every three weeks. Sucks, because that means every three weeks your workouts get hard again, but...
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Just find a different workout. Whether its different exercises or different amount of reps, just do something different to shock your muscles. You can just google and look at different workouts and find one that is different than yours and do that. And if you have been doing 10 reps then switch to heavier weights for only 6 reps. The main point of switching up a workout is to shock your muscles to make them grow.
i switch my reps a lot... one day ill go heavy/forced reps.. the next ill do sets for reps.. but i feel like im not tricking my body enough?? i think i need more workouts for each muscle.. i do 3 exercises for each muscle group, but its hard for me to think of 3 more that i can do for the next time while working out at HOME.. i dont go to a gym. i have a few things at home that i use
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As said, different workout. Doing the same routine every day makes your muscles get used to it. You can work the same muscles and all; just have two different routines, and switch them maybe every three weeks. Sucks, because that means every three weeks your workouts get hard again, but...
is switching them every 3 weeks better than working out 4-6 weeks, taking a break, and than switching them? my body likes rest.
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There is a thing called, muscle Memory, an example of muscle memory is brushing your teeth, you dont have to think about it, you dont have to tell your muscles to unscrew the cap, put some tooth paste on your brush and you dont have to concentrate on your arm doing the strokes, youve done it a million times, its second nature.
Well the same thing happens when you work out, if you do the samething over and over and over again your mind begins to remember it so you dont have to think about it anymore and it becomes easier and easier and it will become less and less of a work out.
I try to nver do the SAME exact work out ever more than once.... it doenst have to be a drastic change, maybe you could switch up how you usually do a work out, if you ALWAYS work out biceps then triceps, work out your triceps first then your biceps. you just have to be creative in your work outs, watch some You tube videos to give you some ideas, and change your work out as much as possible..
but like i tell all my friends who tell me " Dude im to lazy to work out " doing 10 push ups a day is something, anything is better than nothing, and nothing but positive things comes from working out.
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just buy the P90X workout plan..its pretty badass, i cant even get past the warm up lol
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That is a good work out.. ive never tried it but i was watching the commercial, and i was sold, i have been working out for 2 years, 3 hours a day, every day, im in... Extremely good shape, and i dont think i could even finish that work out.... its intense, no doubt
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It means you need to change how you apply your muscles. You can still work out on the same muscle groups, but providing different workout strategies to keep your muscles 'guessing' and using your body to it's maximum potential. Lifting X amount of weight in such a position will only work so long until it's ineffective and your body decides it no longer needs to grow because it has become accustomed to the task it is exposed to on a daily basis.

I lift and mix martial arts with weights to provide those changes.

SUMMARY: Switch things up and don't use the same routine forever. You won't get very far if you do.
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