If you think back to your last few weeks or even months of workouts and the exercises you performed during your workout routines, do you find yourself perform the same exercises over and over, week after week? Our bodies are exceptionally adaptive to all physical conditions and stress, and it always tried to expend the least amount of energy to perform any physical action, and it will just build the minimum amount muscles needed to allow you to perform any particular exercise that you do week after week.
Force of habit is something rather difficult to break. It’s human nature to prefer to do things that we’ve done before, rather than venture out and try new things. Regardless of what kind of weekly split you use, you probably find yourself doing the same routine week after week – chest on monday, back on tuesday, legs on wednesday, arms on thursday, and so on.
So the next time you go to the gym, think about what you’re about to do, and think about the exercises you will perform. Try some of these exercises below to add variety, and break your normal routine to build more muscle mass.
Front Squats – How often do you see anyone do front squats? I bet rarely, and if you’re not doing them, then you’re missing out on one of the best exercises for quad development. The major difference between squats and front squats is that the barbell is resting on your front shoulders instead on your back.
Weighted Dips – Using your body weight to do dips may not be enough to stimulate muscle growth. Use a weight attachment belt and add some heavy weights to your regular dips. Start off adding 10 o 25% of your body weight – you should aim to add enough weight that allows you to only do four to six reps.
Power Cleans – Powerlifting exercises are some of the best exercises to build muscle mass and strength, yet you rarely see anyone do them in the gym. They offer strength and muscle building benefits that other exercises do not. Power cleans involves multiple muscle groups including the hips, quads, glutes, arms, back, shoulders, etc.
Dead Lifts – Dead lifts is another exercise that works wonders to build more muscle and strength. Add them to your routine, if you’re not already doing them. Instead of the regular lat pull downs or seated rows, dead lifts will work the rest of the your body along with your back.
Make a conscious effort to break your routine, and get outside of your comfort zone.
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