There is a sense of excitement upon beginning your workout program but eventually your body will become adapted to an intensity level. Once this occurs, boredom is sure to follow. On a macro level, you should continually periodize your workout programs every six to eight weeks to continually shock your body and provide the stimulation need to increase strength and muscle mass. On a micro level, consider varying one parameter of your workout to elevate intensity.
Examples of parameters which can be altered include repetitions, loads, sets, exercises, exercise order, and rest periods. In my experience, it's best to change only one variable at a time in order to accentuate muscle fatigue. For instance, keep all the aforementioned variables constant but increase the loading on those exercises in which you can perform more reps than the planned rep range. In this way, you can easily track the increase in weight needed in each exercise to adequately fatigue your muscles. Inevitably your strength will reach a threshold in each and every exercise. Only when your max weight has been ascertained for every exercise should you consider moving on to another workout program. If your workout program calls for hitting the same muscle group more frequently (i.e., working chest twice weekly), consider varying the order of your exercises to reduce stagnation and boredom.
Brian Danley, CFT
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I'm a personal trainer who loves to help others fulfill their health and fitness goals. I consider myself a bodybuilder in that I live the lifestyle of eating healthy food, working out regularly, and sculpting my body.