Getting serious results with strength training is all about adaptation and change. “Most people use the same light weights time and again,” according to Gin, “and they wonder why they fail to get results – they get stuck on a fitness plateau.”
It is difficult for single workout to be all things to all people, but for those who are already fit, a heavy weight, high rep formula, as is used in Gin’s Seriously Strong workout, provides the greatest flexibility and opportunity for change in advanced participants.
Considering that muscle fatigue is the goal in any strength workout, be it pure strength or muscle endurance, the format of Seriously Strong allows you to apply either goal. By paying attention to your body, this workout can be customized and varied to suit your needs.
If muscle endurance is on your periodization schedule, you can work lighter. If muscle strength is needed, go heavy. If fewer reps are required to produce fatigue, the dvd allows you to use the skip points to jump to the next exercise or a provided stretch. Over time, you can increase your reps OR weight selection and eventually realize serious changes in your lean to fat ratio.
With the high rep formula, particularly applied to the large integrated muscle groups such as squats, there’s also a fat burning cardio effect as you work these major muscles to fatigue. “If I were told that I had to choose between cardio and strength workouts,” says Gin “I would definitely go with strength. You can get significant cardiovascular benefits with a high rep, intense, strength workout.”
In group exercise and home fitness workouts, higher reps are generally needed for advanced participants because the amount of weight is typically much less than what would be required in the weight room. But for more isolated muscle groups, if weight selection is indeed heavy, fatigue is more likely to occur prior to the end of a high rep set.
According to Gin, “It doesn’t really matter how many reps you do or how heavy the weight is, what really matters is muscle fatigue. If you can get to muscle fatigue and then follow with rest and recovery, the muscles will adapt and strengthen. That’s when changes in your body will occur.”
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