It is hard to keep up with all the new ways to train our bodies. Here we look at some of the old and new rules of training! 

To build muscle, the old approach was slow and steady. Today, mixing the slow and steady with explosive exercises is making the average gym user train like an athlete. The reason why this new approach is being commonly used is because it triggers the body’s muscle building hormones. To lose body fat; short hard and fast intervals on the treadmill are a good example of the CV workout used. For example, 20 seconds hard, 10 seconds recovery. Today, high repetition resistance training is becoming more effective. Creating a circuit of exercises where there is low rest using kettlebells, weights and body weight will give you a quick transition from each exercise. With high reps and a fast circuit, you begin to work your muscular strength and endurance as well as testing your cardio vascular system too. Training this way will lose body fat but maintain muscle tissue which will in turn, fuel your metabolism.

To build power, the old way of training was 5 sets of 5 reps using heavy weights. You will then have long rests between your workouts. Today explosive training using weights combined with plyometric moves such as box jumps and keeping to the 5 x 5 sets will get the power in your workouts. Combine power and speed all types of strength are covered.

Boosting your stamina by slogging endlessly on the treadmill for as long as you can! - That’s the old way. Today, using a heart rate monitor and keeping your heart rate at approx 180 bpm but then repeating this in short bursts will also get you working towards your goal.

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