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    Does anyone else here do barbell complexes for conditioning? I do them on my non lifting days.

    At the same time, I was wondering if there was a downside to just doing them every day? They only last 12 to 15 minutes in total, they don't fatigue the muscles like strength training, etc.

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    They're really good for mental and physical conditioning, and I've done plenty of them. Right now, though, they seem to inhibit recovery from strength workouts, so I make my rest days a bit more restful.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. Anthony View Post
    They're really good for mental and physical conditioning, and I've done plenty of them. Right now, though, they seem to inhibit recovery from strength workouts, so I make my rest days a bit more restful.

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    Interesting. Have you ever done them after strength training rather than on rest days? To finish workouts?

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    Quote Originally Posted by adamm View Post
    Interesting. Have you ever done them after strength training rather than on rest days? To finish workouts?

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    Yeah, I've played around with using them as a sprint-type "finisher" on workout days, or as their own day conditioning workout. Worked fine for that purpose, just is hard to fit in to my current 3 heavy days per week lifting schedule without me feeling like it's inhibiting my recovery. Your mileage may vary.

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    I love them. Make them up and do them instead of cardio. I do the 5-3-1 program, and on upper body days, I finish with an intense 10-15 minute cardio session and sometimes will do a complex and sometimes I do them on my rest day. I would think that doing them daily if you already lift would be overkill.

    A lot of times I will change the reps on the movements- I might do say, 8 reps of deadlifts, front squats, good mornings, back squats but then just 2 or 4 push presses.

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    Whether or not there is a downside would depend on what your goals are. As I'm trying to maximize size and strength anything extra is just something to eat into my recuperation.

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    I came across these the other day and was thinking of incorporating them. I want to keep my rest days so I may do them at the end of my workout.

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    I'm trying to get leaner without losing strength or muscle, which is why I asked. At the same time, I don't feel I need to gain any strength or muscle either, as I'm happy where I am.

    I thought by adding more complexes in to my routine (usually I just lift heavy 5 x a week, complexes 2 x a week, and sprinting 1 x a week) I could slightly increase the rate of loss. Hence the thought of just doing complexes after each and every workout.

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