When you have ceased making progress and are getting frustrated, drop sets may be just the thing to get you to the next level. What drop sets allow you to do is to train more intensely which will mean you will need more rest between sets and you will need to keep your workout short (under an hour). When I train, I do at least one third of the sets in my workout with drops sets. Drop sets take a lot of both physical and emotional energy. Whether we are lifting heavy or light, drop sets are the same. After lifting to failure on a set, we immediately jump up, decrease the weight by about 40%, and do as many reps as we can – this takes incredible focus. Don’t just choose an arbitrary number of reps you will do, do as many as you possibly can while keeping perfect form . If you didn’t do at least 6 reps with good form then next time try dropping by 50% so you can. Now take a well deserved break.
This is a very well written article. I am a 55 year old female. I started this intermittent fasting 16:8 with LCHF lifestyle 12 weeks ago and this style of eating has virtually cured my type 2 DM. Blood sugars have normalized and I have effortlessly lost 20# while eating amazing meals. I think I eat more now than I did before. But I totally agree with you Matt. To think that I will NEVER again “cheat” would be ridiculous. This is a good way of incorporating an occasional treat into the lifestyle without completely blowing the diet.
If all people with diabetes adopted this lifestyle change, we would see less renal disease, amputations and cardiac deaths I applaud you for sharing this message.
Does building a great body and being ripped you get girls? No. A lot of my gym buddies and myself included got into the gym to help with confidence levels. Unfortunately, after years of training, I’ve yet to find an exercise on the gym room floor that helps build confidence. That’s achieved from success with women and success in general. Bodybuilding has made me more routine based and rigid. It’s hard to be running game late nights at clubs when you’re prepping for a show or trying to maximise your results naturally. As I never feel content with my body, I’m even more self conscious about my limitations. Girls pick up on this. A great body is only helpful If it’s part of a complete package. It can actually hurt your chances with women if you don’t have the other elements in play.