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Why it’s important to mix up your workouts

This is another of the old posts from my other blog, all about why the status quo will leave you plateauing and without the results you want to achieve. Doing the same exercise every single day is like anything else, the more you do it and practise, the better your muscles get at doing it, until they can do it in their sleep without using the same amount of effort. So it’s important to mix it up…

“I’ve been doing the paleo thing for the past 8 months or so, and making sure I hit the gym at least 4 times / week with 3 swims per week but it occurred to me the other day that I no longer get the same feeling of soreness when I leave the gym. As much as that is a good thing it also means my body has become used to the routine I’m doing and it’s not progressing or getting more fit so I decided it was time to do something about it.

I wrote 4 new workouts to take me through the week and will report back on how they’re all going on a workout by workout basis. I did the first one last Thursday during the day and was absolutely spent by the end of it. I left work during the day to go in the afternoon and returned an hour and a bit later barely able to walk and still the colour of a beetroot. It’s meant to be a 45 minute workout and 4 sets of each but I only managed 3 sets because it was so tough.

I’ve included workout one below – try it and let me know how you go!

Workout 1: 45 minutes
5 minute warm up on rowing machine
Set 1: (x 4)
– Squats with 8kg medicine ball x 10
– Situps with 8kg medicine ball x 10
– Burpee with push up and jump x 10
– Single leg bridge (both sides) x 10
Set 2: (x 4)
– Reverse lunge with 10kg vipr above head x 10
– Side lunge with 10kg vipr throw x 10
– Vipr row x 10
– Reverse Crunch x 10
Set 3: (x 4)
– Leg Raise – 25kg x 10 x 3
5 minute stretching
The bit that hurts the most is the burpee with push up and jump – it’s a total killer!!

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