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It’s Monday. Over the weekend you’ve overindulged. Now you are trying to burn it all off in one session.

So, before you make a bigger mistake by doing some exercises randomly, let’s think about it and at least work smart.

In the article “Diversity of Strength Training Methods: A Theoretical Approach” published in the Strength and Conditioning Journal, Jenqdong Li, Ph.D. CSCS and Tinghao Chen, Ph.D. summarize some of the most important resistance training methods for a better interaction between the nervous and muscular system.

Putting together a solid resistance workout to ramp up the endocrine response to maximize the caloric expenditure should take into consideration at least four of the most important fitness components:

Increasing muscle mass and strength:  The work done is equivalent to the energy expended, so the more muscle mass that an exercise tackles, the greater the metabolic response.

Takeaway:  This is not the time to do bicep curls or triceps extensions. Instead do complex moves such as deadlift to row, push-press, and other multi-joint exercises.

Explosive strength: When you lift heavy weights you must slow down the speed to give enough time to the muscle fibers to activate from the less powerful and stronger ones to the highest – called size principle.

However, when you practice explosive moves the nervous system rapidly kicks in to coordinate the excitatory and inhibitory muscular response. So, the most powerful muscle fibers fire first instead of the ones more useful for endurance. This is called selective recruitment.

Takeaway:  Studies show that after heavy loading a muscle, it may be the best time to perform power moves that mimic the resistance exercise to make the most out of activities/sports that rely on speed and force.  Think  barbell squats followed by jump squats – bump up the high rate and the metabolism.

Balancing the muscle forces: The authors point out that the upper body and lower body should be in balanced. If one of them is stronger than the other, the least strong will lack of the force to initiate or to sustain many movements.

Your routine takeout: Have you seen how a weak upper body will make you change your running stride, thus making you more inefficient when running? This is why exercises that link both the upper and lower extremities should be incorporated for better energy transfer and force response.

Developing core muscles: This is the center of gravity so a strong core stabilizes the body and helps to resist the external forces properly.

Your routine takeout: The boundaries of many of the multi-joint exercises are that they force you to engage the core; however, this may not be enough so some isolated moves are in need to really work the mid section.

No regrets!

The following exercise routine requires previous experience, unless you start with no added weight, do just one set and rest longer.  The workout covers all the components previously explained so there are two circuits in which each have one strength lower body exercise, one explosive move, one that connect the lower and upper body and finally, one for the core.

–        Warm-up for 5-10 minutes by combining an easy cardio and an overall body dynamic stretching – such as body weight overhand squats, lunges with side rotations, etc-.

–        Perform each circuit – one exercise after another without rest- 3 times, 8-12 repetitions, 60-90 s rest period a the end of each circuit.

–        Stretch at the end.

–        You can do this routine once or twice a week on non consecutive days or when you look for a high intensity weight training whole body workout.

Circuit 1

Lower body move: Narrow squat: Place your legs shoulder width apart to focus more on the quadriceps. Sit back, keep the back straight, chest up and core tight.

Explosive move: 360 squat jumps: In a squat position jump and turn completely to the other side landing in a squat. This is one. Repeat for the number of times indicated. Land softly and use your arms to add momentum.

Upper-body connection: Floor pull to High: In a deadlift position with the bar across your shins, lift the bar up to a high row.  Don’t lift the elbows pass the shoulder level. Keep the back straight, chest up and core tight at all times.

Core move: windshield: With legs straight, rotate side to side while keeping the hips in place. You can hold into something to make it easier.

Circuit 2

Lower body move: BB Front lunge: Hold the barbell at shoulder level with your elbows parallel to the floor in a lunge position. Lift up and down sitting back at 90 degree. Keep the back straight and core tight.

Explosive move: Split jumps: In a lunge position explosively jump while changing the legs in the air to land on a lunge with the opposite leg. Land softly. If it’s too hard jump in one place and the do the other leg.

Upper-body connection: Side lunge to row: In a cable pulley machine or with a tubing stand laterally and step to a side lunge while simultaneously, you pull the arm to one side fully contracting the back and sit on the other leg. You should transfer the way from one side to the other. Do one side at a time.

Core move:  Single leg raise touch: fully extend the opposite arm to touch the foot the other leg. Lift up the body while keeping the back straight. Don’t let the weight to fall at the end. Keep the tension at all times. If this is too difficult, do it without the weight and/or bend one knee while you lift the other leg.

 

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