November 20, 2010 § Leave a comment
I am all about getting the most out of a workout and Contrast Training is one of the best ways to fatigue your muscles and really feel the burn. This type of training involves performing a resistance exercise with weights, immediately followed with a high intensity body-weight exercise that works the same muscle group. The idea behind Contrast training is to exhaust the muscle group being worked to its fullest.
In this training the second exercise performed mimics that first one and trains your body to engage more muscle fibers. Since weights are involved, Contract training will build lean muscle mass while your body becomes a fat-burning machine.
Try these moves and see how your body reacts:
Holding 10 to 20 pound dumbbells in your hands, perform five to ten squats. Next, ditch the dumbbells and do ten jump squats. With a short break in between, repeat this sequence and work your way up to five or six sets.
Using the same dumbbells, perform five to ten chest presses. Follow the chest presses up with 10 explosive push-ups. Again, repeat this sequence until fatigue sets in or form becomes strained.