Strength Ambassadors founder Sally Moss was a major expert contributor to a five-page feature on the ‘Laws of Fitness’ in the February 2012 edition of Men’s Fitness magazine.
Here’s an extract from the piece:
Law 3: Variety is Essential
‘Varying the reps, rest periods, angles and range of movement will give your body enough stimulus to keep making progress for several weeks’, says Moss. ‘The bigger the movement, the longer you can do it and still make progress. So the squat, pull-up and shoulder press, for example, can all be done for long periods.’
There’s also tempo, which Moss calls ‘the forgotten variable’. ‘Varying tempo is an excellent way to kick-start progress when your set/rep scheme is a little jaded,’ she says. ‘Try lifting the weight explosively and then taking four to five seconds to lower it. This puts your muscles under tension for much longer, forcing them to adapt to the new stimulus. This tempo is effective whether you are training for fat loss or muscle building.’