muscle strength

If you’re looking to increase your muscle strength level, either to make your everyday activities that much easier or to improve your physical performance in any sports that you participate in, it’s going to be important that you focus on doing a few things in particular with your workout program.

When muscle strength is the focus, you must be sure to constantly be trying to lift more and more weight, since this is the primary determinant of how strong you’ll get.  In some other workout programs you may focus on continually adding more and more volume to the workout, but when it’s strength you’re after, more weight lifted is the goal.

But, what can you do when you’re stuck at a certain weight?  How can you push past this?

When that occurs, using a drop set is the perfect way to build up your strength and see better results.  Let’s take a look at what a drop set entails.

What is a Drop Set?

A drop set is where you perform one set of an exercise at your usual weight and then immediately after that set is completed, you’ll reduce the weight down slightly and perform a second set.

Then once that second set is completed, you’re going to drop the weight one more time for a third and final set to really fatigue the muscle tissue. In doing this you’re going to train the body to deal with a higher level of fatigue and therefore over time will increase the amount of weight it’s able to handle on a straight set.

How Many Drop Sets To Perform?

Now, when it comes to how many sets to perform in any given drop set exercise, it’s important to realize that this is a much more intense form of training so you don’t want to overdo it.

Typically your best approach will be performing all of your usual sets as you normally would and then adding the drop set at the very end to finish off that exercise.  So if you normally perform three sets of shoulder press for example, you would perform two sets and then that last set would be your drop set.

This ensures that you don’t tire out too quickly during the workout session and can keep putting forth a maximum effort to gain muscle strength.

The Important Fact To Know About Drop Sets

Drop sets should not be performed for every exercise, every session.  Since drop sets are more demanding on the central nervous system, you must balance them out with the rest of your training otherwise you may start to become overtrained.

A good rule of thumb is to perform no more than two drop sets per workout and do this for no longer than two weeks at a time. Then take a break from the principle for a week or two and go back to it if needed.

Now you have one of the top strategies for boosting your level of strength and taking your fitness up a level. If you perform these regularly, you will definitely notice improvements taking place.

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