I’ve decided that instead of changing my exercises around every three weeks, I’m going to do it every four weeks. The main reason is because I feel like my body is taking longer that three weeks to adapt to my routines. This is probably due to the strength gains I’m making. These gains in strength have allowed me to continue to challenge my muscles using heavier weights each week (progressive resistance). Because each week I’ve been able to add weight to nearly every exercise, I guess I feel like I’m cutting things a bit short at three weeks when I should probably be going even heavier using the same routine. It’s a fairly small modification, but I’m interested to see how it works for me.
It’s commonly known that soreness is not necessarily an indication of progress; however, I know my body pretty well and when I stop getting sore it usually means it’s time to change things around. Last week’s arm workout was the third week in which I’d done the same exercise routine, but my arms were never more sore than they were in the days following that workout. I’ve noticed similar results from all my workouts over the past week or so. I’ll be adding even more weight to just about every exercise over the next week, and I suspect that I’ll continue to grow. By the way, my “rule” for adding weight is this: If I can perform 4 sets of at least 10 reps, the following workout I up the weight.