It’s a no brainer: We are in this for results.
If we want to keep the “results train” running, however, we will need to find ways to up the intensity. We don’t need a gym for that, just creativity.
This creativity opens up once we realize it’s about Making Things Harder (some secret, huh?) and not about the gym itself (there is nothing inherently awesome about a treadmill or machines).
Here are the 3 ways I (and my clients) do just that:
1. MASTER THE BODY WEIGHT EXERCISES
- Legs: Squats, lunges, step ups, and others
- Pushups, planks, and other core exercises
- Running and jumping
To make more challenging: tweak grip/stance, use more ROM, and go unilateral.
2. MAKE THEM HARDER WITH A WEIGHTED VEST
Vests are an ideal option as the weight is distributed closer and more natural on the body which will help produce LESS injury-producing shear stress.
3. KEEP PROGRESSING BY UTILIZING THE IRON
Add more resistance in the form of pipes, water jugs, tires and sledgehammers, or more traditional weight to up the intensity. This will open up the exercise toolbox and allow you to do:
- Farmers walks and carrys
- and arm work ( curls and extensions)
If results stagnant it’s often because our body has adapted to the exercise. To prevent this (and keep your body guessing), make them harder.
=> More weight, more reps, more sets, less rest, faster, quicker, better, BETTER!
And please, stop searching for the latest new diet pill or fad diet. We know the secret. We’ve known it for centuries. What’s left now is action…