Hi Rich - in your opinion, how many different exercises (3 sets, 8 - 10 reps) should a good weight training session consist of?
I don't want to measure it in time, because that would be totally objective and variable, with too many factors involved (time between sets, time for drinking water, wandering between machines, in-between stretches, etc.).
Does eight exercises per session sound about adequate?View Thread
Thanks for that. As always I am ambitious, and having heard that 8 - 12 exercises is the recommendation, I'll aim for 10 twice a week! The third session I may keep to 8 and just make it 8 heavy or complex (e.g. multi-joint) ones.
I don't like to be "bottom of the range" unless it applies to weight...View Thread
I generally try to exercise 6 days per week. On my day off I normally don't do anything more strenuous than housecleaning and domestic tasks like ironing, maybe a short stroll to the markets.
I sometimes wonder if I could not exercise on my day "off", just not formal exercise like my usual run, interval training or weight lifting. Something like a bush hike,swim, rowing machine, or similar. Surely the body has the capacity for that?
Or does one's body really need a day of vegetating completely?View Thread
Hi IC - I used to do a split routine, but nowadays I've stagnated in doing full-body sessions only, which is why 8 exercises are possible (time allowing).
I usually do an exercise per main muscle group (chest, back, legs, shoulders, biceps, triceps) and that allows for 2 additional functional exercises or 1 abs exercise (I do abs on the days I run, so I don't do a lot of that on my weight training days) or an added leg exercise, seeing that there are a number of different muscles in the leg.
When I did the split routine, it didn't feel as if once a week was frequent enough for a muscle to be exercised. I tend to weight train 3 days a week, and run (plus abs) on the alternating 3 days.
I've decided to include more functional type exercises in my strength routine. Previously, I would just power my way through my weight lifting - lifting fairly heavy (for me), a lot of static exercises.
I now try to include more cable exercises, squatting and balance exercises on the bosu ball, lunges, arm rows while doing a bridge, push ups, etc. That means of course not using such heavy weights for these exercises (like with the cables).
I am hoping to have a more balanced routine by doing this. Still, I cannot help feeling that I don't gain strength like before - it feels almost like slacking!
Do you think it is more balanced what I'm doing now? I now do about 3 or 4 of my "old" static exercises (dumbbells, bars or machines) and 3 or 4 functional exercises (often using only body weight) per session.View Thread