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I have been doing straight-sets training for a while now and I think my body is getting used to it. How do I know if I’m ready to start using more advanced techniques?


This all depends on how long you have been training for. Basically, advanced techniques like forced reps or drop sets can be used about 3 months after you have started training because that is when you typically hit a plateau. So if you feel like you need something changed, if strength or muscle gains have come to a halt, then advanced techniques may be good for you to try. Forced reps, where you have a training partner help you through a few additional reps after hitting initial failure, are a good place to start as long as you do not overdo them.

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Boot-Camp Benefits


Boot-camp style training is more popular than ever with classes offered at gyms and in a wide selection of exercise DVDs for training at home. Scientists at the University of Wisconsin, La Crosse Exercise and Health Program, analysed the benefits of boot-camp workouts. The results showed the average exerciser burned 9.8 calories per minute – almost 400 calories during a 40 minute boot-camp video chosen for the study. For a great workout that could help break a training plateau by changing your regular routine, choose a class that combines aerobic exercise with strength movements. These classes help weight loss as well as muscle building with pushups, squat thrusts, and arm curls to provide great interval training.