Do you feel as if the gains from your strength training have stalled? First of all you should make sure you’re following a progressive workout for muscle gain, but if you’ve ticked that box and still find yourself stuck on a plateau it’s worth looking for a new way to challenge your body.
Drop sets are a great way to do this. This method means performing an exercise until you can’t complete another rep, reducing the weight, then going to failure again. And then doing that one more time with a weight that’s lighter still. As you may have guessed, it’s a technique not to be trifled with, but you can try this cut-back version from certified personal trainer Mary Yankovich.
Yankovich takes a weighted exercise, then follows it with the same or similar bodyweight move. The pairing of exercises is designed to target a specific muscle or muscle group in the lower body.
Watch Mary Yankovich’s Drop-Set Workout
There are four supersets to perform. The session starts with front-rack dumbbell squats, followed by unweighted squats, and moves on to Bulgarian split squats, with and then without a pair of dumbbells.
Use a pair of heavy dumbbells, so the final reps of every set are challenging. The unweighted set that follows then allows you to keep pushing the muscle.
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