In a Rut? Shake Things Up a Bit

In a rut? Climb out of it!

In a rut? Climb out of it!

If you’ve been reading the posts here, you know that I’m an advocate of training every other day, using a split routine. Something like Monday – Legs, Wednesday – Torso, Friday – Legs, following week Torso on M and F, Legs on W.

But once in a while, you have to change things up a bit. I’ve read stories about “shocking your muscles” is not necessary and I agree for the most part.

However, muscle building is often more about the mind than it is about the muscle. So, in that light, whenever you get in a rut or aren’t improving (use your logs as the barometer), try this:

Work out 2 days in a row

Now, I’m not talking about doing legs and then torso on the next day. I’m talking about training legs two days in a row. Or arms. Or back, chest, or shoulders.

Yes, it’s not something I prescribe for the long-term, maybe just once or twice to get out of a rut. It can work wonders! Not only for the muscles, but for the mind.

If you do try this, I suggest doing a different set of exercises, sets, and reps. Maybe do 3×10 Squats one day, 2×20 Leg Presses the next.

Make sense? Give it a try.

Hardgainer Blog Carnival – March 2, 2009

dumbbellsWelcome to the March 2, 2009 edition of the Hardgainer Blog Carnival.

axel presents Motivation And Success posted at axel g.

Dr. Davon Jacobson presents 5 Easy Tips for Guaranteed Fat Loss ~ *Health and Nutrition Facts* posted at *Health and Nutrition Facts*.

Tristan presents Tricep exercises posted at Body And Fitness Blog, saying, “A guide to various different tricep exercises that can be done to help increase the size of your triceps.”

Evan Pfaff presents Off Season Softball Workout Routine posted at Who’s In First Blog, saying, “Working out in the winter for a springtime softball league”

Steve Faber presents Belly Fat Loser » Creatine Supplement – Can it Build Muscle and Burn Fat? posted at Belly Fat Loser.

B.M. Garrett presents How muscle confusion can benefit your workouts posted at i-Diet & Fitness, saying, “There are lots of fitness regimens or exercises being executed everyday. Most attain a certain amount of positive benefit but not to the point that you can call it very effective. But there is one workout plan that may surprise you. It is none other than muscle confusion.”

Steve Faber presents Belly Fat Loser » How to Lose Body Fat – The Secret posted at Belly Fat Loser.

Paul Piotrowski presents 10 Reasons I Started the P90X Extreme Home Fitness Program :Fitness Health and Healing posted at Fitness Health and Healing.

Finally, I present Hardgainer Methods to Super Muscle Development posted at

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