Saturday, February 7, 2009

Train the Brain, the Body Will Follow

Well, this Saturday, heavy back day wasn't all it is usually cracked up to be.  It could have been due to the giant bowl of ice cream last night or the fact that Mrs. Shortcake and I stayed up late last night watching movies on our fold-out couch.

Whatever it was, my body definitely was not firing on all cylinders and everything seemed to be extra tough today.

So what do you do when your body can't do what it is capable of and isn't performing to the best of it's abilities?

The first thing I would usually do is lower the weight a little bit.  This will help you get enough reps.  Somewhere between 12-15 is good.

Next, try some exercises that you haven't done in a while.  I usually only do wide-grip chins, but today I decided to do several extra sets of pull-ups with a variety of grips (extra-wide, close-grip and reverse-grip).

If this isn't enough to get your body woken up. Then you might consider picking up the pace of your workout by reducing the rest periods between sets in order to get the heck out of there ASAP!

But usually when you try these simple little techniques your head will get back into the workout, you will have no choice but to focus and your body will hopefully fall back in-line!

It's easy to have a good workout when your feeling great, but the real gains come from having good mental strength and turning those tough workouts into something productive.

It only takes 30-45 minutes a day, so make it count!

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