April 29, 2013

Three Workout Tips For Greatest Strength Improvement

If so, you need to keep a few workout tips in mind. Many people set this goal but then don’t follow through to see the results they should because they just aren’t using the correct approach.

Fortunately, this is an easy fix and once you do start training in the right manner, you can see your strength levels significantly improve.

Let’s take a quick look at three workout tips that you should keep in mind that will help you bust through any strength plateau.

Use A Holding Technique

The first way to increase your strength level is to consider using a holding technique. This is a great way to train the central nervous system to tolerate more stress and will get you stronger in a hurry.

To do this, when you get to the midway point of the last rep of your exercise, hold that position for at least a three count. If you can hold slightly longer, even better.

Once the hold is finished, finish the movement pattern before setting the weight down.

Pre-Fatigue Assistant Muscles

barbell-bench-pressNext, using the pre-fatigue concept works very well to increase strength as well. For this, you’ll want to look at which muscles are going to be acting as assistors to the main muscle groups working whenever you do a compound exercise.

So for example, if you’re doing a bench press, this would be the triceps and shoulders. To make sure that you are putting more strain on the chest while doing the workout, you’ll want to burn out the triceps first with a few overhead extensions.

Once they’re fatigued, then go to the bench press.

Do this for a week or two and then begin doing your straight sets of chest press again and you should find you’re feeling stronger.

Back Off Isolation Work

Finally, the last quick tip to consider if you’ve hit a strength plateau is to take one week and stop doing any isolation work. Isolation work is stressful on the nervous system as well and could be pushing you to the point of almost overtraining yourself.

Focus on just compound exercises for a few weeks, pushing yourself as hard as possible and then see if you aren’t getting stronger.

So use these tips next time you’re in a strength plateau. When done properly, they can all help you take that extra jump in your strength progression.

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