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Pick at least one exercise to:
Grok the groove
If the title confuses you, wait for today’s “Dear Mark” to show up and it’ll make more sense.
“Grok the groove” is in reference to Pavel Tsatsouline’s “Greasing the groove.” It’s a way to improve your ability to perform a specific exercise by accruing lots of training volume without overloading your body. Basically, you perform a movement as often as possible without hitting failure and without grinding out any reps.
Pick an exercise that you’d really like to improve. Pullups are a popular one, but any exercise will work. If you choose two or more, make sure they’re complementary. Don’t choose movements that hit the same muscle groups. Squats and deadlifts together, for example, would be poor choices because you wouldn’t last very long. Squats and pullups, or deadlifts and pushups, though? Great combos. Pullups and pushups are an awesome combo that you can do pretty much anywhere with a little creativity.
Once you’ve chosen an exercise or set of exercises, do them as often as you can. Do five pullups every half an hour. Swing a kettlebell fifteen times every forty five minutes. Don’t go to failure, keep the reps crisp and clean, and always leave some energy in the tank.
Since this is a Workout of the Week, Grok the Groove for the entire week. Feel free to walk, hike, sprint, run, and play as you normally do, but cease all other strength training for this week. Just do your exercise, or exercises, and do them as often as you can. Do a rep test before you begin and again at the end of the week. If you improved on your max, congratulations: you got stronger.
A few things to remember:
No variations this time.