TURN DOWN THE VOLUME
With lifting, less is often more: a University of Sydney study pitted German volume training – a 10-set, 10-rep programme of compound exercises, such as bench presses and leg presses – against a five-set, 10-rep programme. Six weeks later, the group doing fewer sets had more improvement in their 1-rep max on the bench press and leg press. If muscle is your aim, try taking it down a notch. Researchers suggest four to six sets per move; any more may sabotage your gains.
From the Department of Obvious Science: you’ll enjoy an outdoor hike more than the treadmill.