Haney's Shoulder Cycle

Lee Haney's advice on periodically changing your workouts
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Question:

I’ve been on the same basic program for about six months. Would it be OK to mix things up at this point?

Answer:

Not only do I think it would be OK, I think it’s quite beneficial to periodically change your workouts. The term for it is “cycling,” and it’s something I employed in my own training throughout my competitive career. 

When you train the same way — using the same exercise, set and rep schemes — for a prolonged period, the body begins to adjust to the stresses it receives. The human body is an amazing machine that can adapt to a variety of external conditions, and training is really just an external condition that we put upon it. Without new stimulation, the body won’t grow bigger or stronger.

Therefore, it is a bodybuilder’s responsibility to provide new stimulation by way of a revamped workout — one that the muscles aren’t expecting. The idea is to kick-start the muscles into action by forcing them to respond to a new stress. Basically, it’s evolution at warp speed — adapt or . . . well, just adapt!

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