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How long to stay on a routine

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2004/01/23 11:32:07 (permalink)
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How long to stay on a routine

I've been training now for about 7 mths. I've just changed my routine and i was wondering how long should i be doing this before changing it again?
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    RE: How long to stay on a routine 2004/01/23 12:15:40 (permalink)
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    12 weeks, have a week off then carry on. only mend what needs fixing.
    change some exercises if your unhappy or bored, but why change a good thing?
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    RE: How long to stay on a routine 2004/01/23 12:54:42 (permalink)
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    I'd change it every 8 weeks. The body adapts to what it has to do, it needs to be challenged.
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    RE: How long to stay on a routine 2004/01/23 13:43:47 (permalink)
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    you can challenge it enough by increasing the weight. when starting new exercises it can take a few sessions to get to grips with the correct weight to use. if we changed every 8 weeks that wouldnt leave much time to really train hard. next thing you know your changing again. i understand its important to give your body new challenges and it is important to change exercises. but im on week ten of a program im doing, and am making good gains after a dodgy start. i wouldnt change it now to experience the same 'teething' problems. if an exercise isnt going well, give it a chance and change it. if not, i dont think its worth it.
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    RE: How long to stay on a routine 2004/01/23 15:23:51 (permalink)
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    Beginner (<2 years training) - every 12 weeks

    Intermediate (2-4 years ) - every 8 weeks

    Advanced (>4 years) - every 4 weeks
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    RE: How long to stay on a routine 2004/01/24 00:41:54 (permalink)
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    quote:
    Originally posted by Frankie NY

    Advanced (>4 years) - every 4 weeks


    What's the reasoning behind that?
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    RE: How long to stay on a routine 2004/01/24 04:56:39 (permalink)
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    quote:
    Originally posted by Scourge_of_God

    What's the reasoning behind that?


    Personal experience. The longer you lift weights the better your body and CNS become at adapting to new stimuli, so the more frequently you need to change your routine.
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    RE: How long to stay on a routine 2004/01/24 14:09:03 (permalink)
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    quote:
    Originally posted by Frankie NY

    quote:
    Originally posted by Scourge_of_God

    What's the reasoning behind that?


    Personal experience. The longer you lift weights the better your body and CNS become at adapting to new stimuli, so the more frequently you need to change your routine.


    Is it possible to cycle routines (i.e. routine 1 for 4 weeks, routine 2 for 4 weeks, repeat) or do you have to keep making up new routines to give your body completely new stimuli?
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    RE: How long to stay on a routine 2004/01/24 14:23:49 (permalink)
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    Just stick o a routine until you plateau with it, then take1 weeks rest and start a new routine
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    RE: How long to stay on a routine 2004/01/24 16:40:08 (permalink)
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    If your routine is giving good gains then milk it till theres nothing left. If its 12 weeks and time to switch routines why would you switch if you are still adding 5lbs to your movements weekly and seeing gains still? That would be foolish. There is no set in stone time for change.
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    RE: How long to stay on a routine 2004/01/24 20:17:37 (permalink)
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    quote:
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    If its 12 weeks and time to switch routines why would you switch if you are still adding 5lbs to your movements weekly and seeing gains still?


    For the beginner or intermediate, what you say applies; however, advanced trainers will not be adding 5 pounds a week. Adding 5-8 pounds a month to the big lifts is an accomplishment for an advanced trainer.
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    RE: How long to stay on a routine 2004/01/24 22:03:45 (permalink)
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    Totally agree Frankie.....that post was definately aimed at a beginner since he said he had only been training for 7 months.
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    RE: How long to stay on a routine 2004/01/24 22:45:42 (permalink)
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    thanks frankie, your advice was helpful to me.
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