April, what a month! We have Game of Thrones starting in 2 weeks, Avengers Endgame is releasing soon, Wrestlemania is this weekend! What a time to be alive! This also brings us one month closer to summer, yay! Hope your summer body is ready for it!
Around this time I see a lot of people lose focus of their exercise routine. Many have their reasons behind the lack of motivation, but one common cause is simply because it gets boring.
Honestly doing the same program structure and movements gets real monotonous, boring and can be discouraging. The usual 3 sets of 10, the same super sets, the same 9 movements over and over can be real un-motivating.
One thing I throw in my own workouts when I find myself getting bored or burnt out are Ladders.
Ladders are awesome, they add some spice to your regular routine.
The ladder is real simple, you start with whatever amount of movements you like - personally I like 3 (keeps it real simple and quick)- from there you decide the amount of reps you start with, this will also determine how many round you have.
Make sure the movements make sense and your not doing one muscle the entire time, Its a lot of reps. Personally I use the 2 muscles I worked that day and 1 cardio movement or upper body, lower body and cardio.
Once you chose your workout you complete the rep scheme and all movements. The following round you drop the reps by 1 or 2 - whatever you prefer. You do this until you complete 1 or whatever the final number.
Here is an example, I am working on my conditioning and incorporating mostly full body movements.
I used one lower body movement (Front squats), One Cardio/explosive movement (sled run), and one upper body movement (pull ups).
My workout looked like this
10 Front Squats
Sled Sprint the entire room (back and fourth)
10 Pull ups
Every round I would drop the squats by 1 rep and kept the remainder of the movements at the same rep scheme. (10,9,8,7,6,5,4,3,2,1 front squats, sled run x 10rounds, 10 pull ups x 10 rounds)
I continued this until I reached 0, basically 100 pull ups, 10 sled sprints and 55 front squats. when I completed the workout.
I love using ladders and it really adds that sense of accomplishment when finished. Its a great way to push yourself and get out of the usual routine.
I highly recommend them for workout finishers.
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