Sep 012010

How many weight lifting routines have you read through, considered, and then dismissed in the last few months? When you pick up a magazine filled with professional bodybuilders sharing their favorite routines you read through the plan and then are overwhelmed. Their plans are intensive, long, and exhausting. Probably not the type of plan you really need. What do you really need?

The problem with almost all weight lifting routines you find published is they are not designed to meet your goals. Before you can choose a routine you need to define your individual goals very carefully. Take a careful look at your own body, think about how you want it to change in both appearance and strength, and then use this as the basis for designing your own routine.

Yes, that is right. You need to design your own weight lifting routines for the ultimate success. If you could ask any top bodybuilder or power athlete whose routine they are following they would get a puzzled look on their face and tell you “My own.” Even though they recognize the importance of knowing how Lee Haney did it, or how Arnold dominated the world, or how Zydrunas became the 2009 World’s Strongest Man, those routines do not fit their needs. They borrow from the routines. They learn from them, but they do not use them.

You must follow the same path of creating your own weight lifting routines for one very simple reason, your body is unique. You have strengths and weaknesses which are specific to your own body, and they must be trained properly to create the power and balance you want.

What you can learn from the pros is types of exercises needed to target specific body parts. You can learn the intensity required to excel. You can use their routines as a guide for determining the number of sets and reps you might wish to use.

There is one fact which is very consistent about almost every athletes, bodybuilder, or strength competitor’s routines. They all keep the basics in their routines, and hit them hard. The basic exercises like the bench press, barbell rows, squat, barbell curls, close grip bench, crunches, and others are seldom ignored by any athlete. These are the exercises which pack on the bulk, build the strength, and create the building blocks for all your other efforts.

Start building your own weight lifting routines by using only the basic exercises. Master the basics building your strength and mass. Then, and only then, you should start adding additional exercises to refine, cut, and sculpt your muscles in new ways.

For stubborn body parts do not add more exercises, add more intensity and weight. You may see a professional doing 6 different bicep exercises, you do not need it. Start with the simple curls, build mass and strength, and then you can slowly add more bicep exercises to your weight lifting routines to refine the muscle to your idea of perfection. Trust your instincts and the way your muscles feel during your workout. You will do great, better than with another person’s idea of the perfect plan.

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