I will investigate the effects of different exercise techniques on the human body (mass, physical capabilities, etc), using myself as a case study.

Originally, I intended to explore two different exercise techniques over the 4th quarter by applying them fully in my daily exercise. However, I have recently discovered to do time constraints that I may shrink the scope of my project and chose only one and gather more data and form a stronger thesis.

Currently, I am researching different exercise techniques, such as rest pause and complex training, and exploring their expected affects on the human body. The way in which we exercise, the amount of rest between sets, the number of reps per set, the exercises that are grouped together, the muscles exercised together, all greatly affect our athletic performance and physical capabilities. One issue I am running into is consistency. Most workout techniques are not exclusive. That is to say, each technique sort of approaches or is geared to one facet of exercise, and therefore many techniques could theoretically be applied at the same time. With this in mind, I do intend to find and focus the majority of my research about mutually exclusive techniques.

Rest Pause Training
Rest pause training means training with little to no rest between each set. This really amps up the intensity of your workouts because the body is unable to completely recover, physically or mentally, from each set before starting the next. Benefits of this training method appear to be immense (as claimed by trainers from the Diesel Crew, among others) though I am still unsure of the physiological reason for this. Another benefit includes cutting down your time in the gym. This is beneficial for many reasons because the human body appears to only perform to its highest potential for about an hour at a time, depending the person. With that in mind, if you are taking long rests between each set, you lose opportunity to include more exercises in your workouts if you are going to be in the gym for only about an hour. More to come.

Complex Training
Complex Training refers to exercises that consist of a large weight, small reps, maximum effort exercise followed immediately by a small weight, large reps, and explosive in nature, exercise. For example, one could do 3 sets of squats for 4 reps per set, followed by 5 sets of box jumps, doing as many as possible each set. At this time, I have a fairly limited understanding of the science behind this technique, but the link below is incredibly helpful for explaining why Complex Training works.
If you want more information regarding Complex Training, go here.

One of my "go to" resources is DieselCrew, a website created by a group of trainers that share their immense knowledge with their readership in almost a Blog-like format. Often they include videos to augment their articles and demonstrate what they talk about in their posts.

If you want to head back to the home page, click here.