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    I'm changing my exercises every lifting session

    Hi yes I took a friends advice and started doing different exercises every session so I have an Alt A setup and an Alt B setup. I do PPL 6 days a week and take one day off. I am seeing some strength gains and have gone into a lean bulk (100-300 calories above maintenance).

    Been doing this about 3 weeks. I am really loving doing this. Never did this before. I have gotten to a point where I really, really look forward to my workouts. This is making it fun for me. It could be placebo effect, but I feel like hitting the muscles in different ways is building greater overall strength. I have seen weights and reps go up.

    I was just wondering if anyone else is doing this and if they are enjoying it and having good results?
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    It is probably greatly attributed to the placebo effect. I will say that since you enjoy your workouts so much more than before then it seems like a really good thing for you. This greater desire to be in the gym can have a profound effect on your results.
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    Different machines and exersises weight you move well be different you wont be able to really see you progress if your bounceing all over. The way i have found to get best results is to stick the same exersises And really push and see my self progress. Like im mainly focused on getting my compounds up like flat bench, bb rows lat pull down squat militery press. Your main goal should be to get those lifts up so they should be first in line. I do other exersises but still i well stick to certain machines for some time to get good at them imo its the best way.
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    Only way to measure your progress is in the mirror and how you think you are doing. No one way works for everyone. If you are now looking forward to your workouts then you are probably getting twice the amount of benefit of going then you were before. Glad you found what works for you. Keep it up.
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    I trained this way for a while.

    The only general guidelines I had were to do all sets for 10+ reps and to do a minimum of 2 sets for each move, that "push" included chest, triceps, shoulders and abs, that "pull" included all back, biceps, rear delts and forearms, and no real special guidelines for the legs except that at the time I considered the deadlift a leg movement as well.

    I basically just went to the gym and did 3-5 lifts for each muscle group on a whim, and it was great because I never felt stale this way at all ever.

    Happens not to be what I'm currently doing, but it treated me very well in the past. If I ever defected from my current plan it would be for this kind of freewheeling program.
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    Definitely works well, keeps me from getting bored with the same exercises over and over and over. Plus its fun to substitute weighted dips for my first set of flat bench on the alternate day
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    I train like this most of the time, the only exercises I don't leave out are the main compound ones. But the less important exercises I mix them up all the time
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    Originally Posted by GravityLee View Post
    Hi yes I took a friends advice and started doing different exercises every session so I have an Alt A setup and an Alt B setup. I do PPL 6 days a week and take one day off. I am seeing some strength gains and have gone into a lean bulk (100-300 calories above maintenance).

    Been doing this about 3 weeks. I am really loving doing this. Never did this before. I have gotten to a point where I really, really look forward to my workouts. This is making it fun for me. It could be placebo effect, but I feel like hitting the muscles in different ways is building greater overall strength. I have seen weights and reps go up.

    I was just wondering if anyone else is doing this and if they are enjoying it and having good results?
    How are you planning to track your weight/rep progression if you constantly change all your training parameters? Real gains in mass/strength are dependent on constantly lifting more weight for more reps on specific exercises.

    It's all well and good that you "like" your workouts, but if they don't translate to a better physique and/or increasing strength over the long term, will you still "like" them?
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    I'll switch up accessory lifts once in a while, but not the main ones, usually. Like Ironwill said, hard to measure progress switching all the time.
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