Workout Tips

4 Methods You Haven't Tried to Get Stronger

Break from the norm and boost your strength with these advanced approaches.

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It’s pretty simple right? For size, go for high volume; for strength, go with low-reps and heavy weights; for cutting, go with high-reps and lower rest.

If it was that simple, every gym-goer would have the physique of a Greek God.

When it comes to strength training, it’s especially easy to hit a plateau in your performance. That’s because for intermediate and advanced lifters, sometimes the cookie-cutter "basic rules" won’t cut it. It’s a good idea to think outside the box to push through plateaus of any sort. Here are four tips that will boost you out of your rut. 

No. 1: Gain Weight

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If you're seriously focused on your performance and are looking to increase your strength, then you're going to accomplish that a lot faster by upping the weight. It's simple physics -- your body will produce more force when it has more mass. You won't be the next Sumo wrestler, but a bodyweight increase of 10 pounds can create a notable difference in your force output and strength in big lifts. Once you get more muscle and improve your strength, it will be easy to shred any added body fat.

No. 2: Squat More

The squat is the most all-inclusive of the "Big 3" moves. It transfers strength to other movements and produces a beneficial hormonal response for testosterone and human growth hormone (HGH) levels. Therefore, increasing the amount of times you squat weekly will be a huge factor in how strong you get. Take a page out of the Bulgarian method books and ramp up your low-rep squat sets up to a daily max. Do this at the end of your other workouts -- the ones that don’t involve squats. You'll be training heavy without enough volume, which will make you sore. By doing this, your nervous system will be stimulated, allowing your body to feel close to your max load several times each week. Remember, this is an advanced training tool; if you’re a beginner, it’s not for you. Use your discernment for what feels like a comfortable daily max – based on your physiology and how you're feeling, it should change daily. Check out the video for more information. 

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