I originally said I was going to reach my Valentine’s Day Goals by working out 5 days a week. As I continued to read Beyond Brawn: The Insider’s Encyclopedia on how to build Muscle & Might, however, Stuart McRobert began to advocate working out less and resting more… specifically only lifting hard 2 (maybe 3) days a week. He said this schedule was not only easier to maintain but would provide you with bigger muscle gains in the long run.
At first I thought this sounded lazy, and so for the first 2 weeks I stuck to my original workout plan. But then my numbers started to level-off and my class schedule started to pick up. Suddenly I found myself with less time, less energy, and no improvements in the gym. And at that point I figured I had nothing to lose, so I decided to give Stuart’s workout less/rest more approach a try…
And the weird thing was… it worked. I began to have more energy and started making consistent progress in the gym again. And ultimately was able to reach 5 out of my 8 Valentine’s Day goals.
Bench: 95 lbs x 5 reps Bench: 92 lbs x 5 reps
Squat: 165 lbs x 5 reps Squat: 165 lbs x 5 reps
Front Squat: 95 lbs x 5 reps Front Squat: 100 lbs x 5 reps
Overhead Press: 75 lbs x 5 reps Overhead Press: 75 lbs x 5 reps
Deadlift: 145 lbs x 5 reps Deadlift: 145 lbs x 5 reps
Chin-up: 2 Chin-Up: 1
Pull-Down: 8 x 5 reps: Pull-Down: 7.5 x 5 reps
Dips: 5 Dips: 5