New to the gym life?
Looking for a simple way to find progress with your lifting?
Need an easy program to follow to stay on track this summer?
Try this 8-12 rep scheme!
I’m most definitely not the first one to use this program before, so I take zero credit. Regardless of where it originated, the simplicity of it makes it popular regardless of your level of experience with training.
Here’s how it works:
- Choose an exercise
- Choose a weight and aim to be able to comfortably, with pretty form, complete 8-12 repetitions.
- Let’s say you find a weight that works for you for 8 reps
- Over the next few weeks slowly increase the number of reps you can complete. Maybe in week 2 you can complete 9, and by week 5 you can comfortably complete 12 reps! Progress!
- Once you can comfortably complete 12 repetitions, increase the resistance you use slightly. Enough that you can only complete about 8 repetitions and repeat the process for the next few weeks
This set/rep scheme is often completed for 3-4 sets each session.
Allow 30-60 seconds of rest between each set.
You can use this set/rep scheme for every exercise in your workout, or just a select few -it’s up to you!
It might look like this: Week 1 -3 sets of 8 reps, 10lb Week 2 -3 sets of 9 reps, 10lb Week 4 -3 sets of 11 reps, 10lb Week 5 -3 sets of 12 reps, 10lb Week 6, 3 sets of 8 reps, 12.5lb Week 7, 3 sets of 9 reps, 12.5lb Etc.
Not sure what a set and rep is? How about how much rest you need between each set? Check out episode 30 on The Empowered Performance for Curlers Podcast.
Ready for an offseason of strength, power, mobility and confidence? Check out The Empowered Performance Offseason “Menu” HERE for a list of ways I can help you move better, increase your fitness, and be better prepared for the upcoming curling season!
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