Everyone gets stuck in a workout rut sometimes, but there are plenty of ways to switch up your workouts and blast through plateaus. Burn more calories and amp up your fat burn when you use these four tactics during your strength-building routine:
1. ADD A DROPSET
On the last set of each exercise, reach muscle failure, then reduce the weight by 20–30% and continue repetitions until you reach failure again.
2. USE THE REST-PAUSE TECHNIQUE
During the eccentric (flexed or down part) of each rep, hold position for two or three slow counts before exploding into the next part of the move.
3. INCORPORATE SUPERSETS
Pick any two exercises for the same muscle group and perform them back to back (i.e., Romanian deadlifts and hamstring curls, or triceps extensions and dips).
4. PERFORM ACTIVE REST
Instead of sitting around between sets, stretch the muscle group you’re working, hop on a bike for a fast minute, walk around the floor, or do one-minute planks.