By getting stronger, our bodies adapt to a workout. However, after the passage of some time, you can no longer yield similar results with the same workout. During such circumstances, you need to implement change into your workout routine. You can achieve this through several methods, but one that stands out the most is exercise modality.
In this post, I will be discussing how gym-goers can implement various training modalities. It goes without saying that by putting together these modalities, you can come up with your very own comprehensive workout program. Let’s dive deeper into this.
The main purpose of such a routine is the strengthening of multiple muscle groups simultaneously. It is essential that your muscles work in cohesion. In fact, many muscles do work together in order to move one single joint. What’s more, often in rather complex movement, multiple joints need to be orchestrated. The most common example is squatting, which is a complex movement requiring multiple joints to carry out various tasks at the same time. This results in a movement that is collaborative and highly effective.
The premise of circuit training is putting together 4 or 5 exercises that must be carried out one after another in immediate fashion. I find it to be more effective when I start with a workout that is more complex, moving through multiple joints and resultantly involving several muscle groups. On the contrary, the last exercise of this movement should be the least complex and involve small muscle groups.
Here’s a decent example of a circuit set:
- Sumo Squats
- Standing Leaning DB Rows
- Standing Shoulder Press
- Biceps Curls
General Strength Training
General strength training modality is what most gym-goers tend to do when they have decided to lift weights. The main goal in this modality is the stimulation of muscle growth (i.e. muscle hypertrophy). Over here, the concept is straightforward, put stress on a muscle group with enough resistance that the muscles are forced to adapt so they can get stronger. If you wish to achieve this, you must accurately target the muscles. For instance, if I’m looking to grow my chest muscles, I would require using exercises which train my chest muscles and put the least amount of pressure on other muscle groups in my body.
This has to be my favorite out of all. Dynamic modality forces one to achieve power and quickness. In reality, dynamic modality can be split into two subgroups: power and speed. However, they are enough similar for the current discussion’s purpose.
In this type of training, you will likely need to manipulate both the time and resistance at which the workouts are performed. Power workouts will put more emphasis on strength whereas quickness workouts will place more emphasis on time.
Well, there you have it. Let me know through your comments what you think about all these modalities!