Why You Should Stop and Go Home After Hitting a PR:
PR stands for Proprioceptive Response. PR stands for Pronation Resistance. PR stands for Progressive Repetition.
PR means progressive overload. It’s not just the number of reps, it’s how many reps you do in succession with each weight set.
It’s easy to get bored doing the same thing over and over again. If you’re doing the same workout every day, you’ll probably start getting bored with it too. So if your goal is to increase your strength, then you need variety in your training program.
And what better way than by increasing the amount of repetitions?
So why not try a new exercise or movement that requires different muscle groups and therefore allows you to train them differently?
For example, you might want to work your biceps while working out at the same time. Or maybe you’d like to add some leg exercises into your routine.
Another benefit of adding new exercises is that they allow you to vary the intensity of your workouts without having to change up all the other movements in your routine. That’s right; sometimes when you’re trying to build muscle mass, it helps if you don’t go all out! As a beginner, your goal is to master the form of the exercises, not just go through the motions while you’re half-assing it.
You need to know the proper way to execute each movement so that you can reap all the benefits. In other words, it’s better to go lighter than it is to go faster. Your long-term success will be much greater if you take things slowly.
Of course, you shouldn’t just stick with one set of exercises for too long, either. You don’t want to get bored, after all. It’s a good idea to change things up every few weeks.
And you don’t need to overhaul your entire routine; just change one or two of the movements.
Sometimes it’s best not to push yourself too hard, especially if you’re a beginner. Sure, you might think that you’re “gaining weight” slowly, but you might just be storing a lot of that weight as fat rather than muscle. It’s better to take a step back and focus on proper form than to achieve mindless reps.
Of course, this goes for those who are more experienced as well. It can be all too easy to push through the pain barrier when you really want to achieve a certain goal. But if your form starts to suffer then you’re just wasting your time, not to mention risking an injury.
Also, keep in mind that your body can only take so much so if you’re working out every day of the week then you might want to start taking Sundays off every once in a while. It’s also a good idea to mix up your routine and work different muscle groups on different days so that you don’t overwork yourself or any one group.
For example, if you’re a runner then it might be a good idea to cycle between running days and weightlifting days. You don’t want to follow the same routine day in and day out because your body will get used to it and you’ll stop seeing results as quickly.
And that’s one of the main reasons why people work out: to see results as quickly as possible. Sure, it’s important to enjoy your time in the gym and take things slow and steady, but you should also keep an eye on the prize.
Are you looking to increase your stamina? Increase your strength? Increase your speed? Or are you just looking to add some curves to your frame?
There are a lot of reasons why people work out, and some people even have more than one reason.
As strange as it may seem, some people actually enjoy the process of going to the gym and spending hours upon hours lifting weights and doing reps. If you’re one of those people, more power to you. And if you’re just starting out and wondering how long it’s going to take to see results, you might be in for a bit of a wait.
The best thing you can do is take it slow and steady and keep at it. For some people, it takes months before they start seeing any kind of change. For others, it’s years.
And for a rare few, it’s a lifetime pursuit of always trying to achieve a little bit more. Of course, nothing is wrong with taking a break every once in a while or switching up your routine.
If you’re a beginner, then you might just want to take things slow and steady at first so you don’t get discouraged. It’s better to see results gradually than not at all. Still, if you really want to achieve something and put your all into it, you can get results pretty quickly if you really want to.
In any case, it’s best to take care of yourself by keeping hydrated, eating right and getting plenty of sleep.
Really, there is no wrong way to work out. Some people like to go at their own pace while others like to go as quickly as they can. But nobody can judge you for whatever it is that brings you to the gym in the first place.
Whether you want to get big, get strong, or get fast, the only thing that matters is that you’re doing it for yourself. Also, remember to always listen to your body. It won’t lie to you and it will tell you if you’re doing too much. So if something hurts, take a break and try again later.
And finally, the most important rule of all: have fun!
If you’re not having fun while working out then what’s the point?
Keep that fun factor in mind whenever you’re training and you’ll do great.
Continue exercising and always remember to have fun. Best of luck to you.
And if you’re lucky, maybe someone else might see you and be inspired to do the same.
~ The Captain
P.S. If you’re looking for some new workout gear, head on over to the store for some great discounted items!
Also make sure to let me know if there’s anything you’d like to see added to the ship because we’re already starting to get the funding to add some new equipment!
Sources & references used in this article:
Family foster care placement: The child’s perspective by PR Johnson, C Yoken, R Voss – Child Welfare, 1995 – search.proquest.com
Fraternity gang rape: Sex, brotherhood, and privilege on campus by PR Sanday – 1992 – books.google.com
With the best of intentions: Family violence option and abused women’s needs by L Lein, SE Jacquet, CM Lewis, PR Cole… – Violence Against …, 2001 – journals.sagepub.com
Entre dos mundos/between two worlds: Bicultural development in context by ML Bacallao, PR Smokowski – The Journal of Primary Prevention, 2009 – Springer
Stereotypes, cognition and culture by PR Hinton – 2000 – books.google.com
Saving Shiloh by PR Naylor – 1999 – books.google.com
Assessment of preschool narrative skills by A McCabe, PR Rollins – American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, 1994 – ASHA
Japanese Americans: The formation and transformations of an ethnic group by H Arendt, PR Baehr – 2003 – Penguin
A woman scorned: Acquaintance rape on trial by PR Spickard – 2009 – books.google.com