I’d like to get some feedback on my style of strength training. I use machines at my gym, which is a Planet Fitness (if it matters.)
I came up with this on my own. What I found I like to do is hop on a machine, check to see what the heaviest weight I did on the machine was last time (I keep notes) and set the machine at the next heaviest weight setting. I will then do one set of as many reps as I consider possible with good form- essentially until exhaustion. Sometimes this is only 1-2 reps, but I do not count (I tried but I listen to podcasts and get distracted too easily, so it’s useless for me to count.) I do my reps slowly and mindfully, marrying breath with motion, like in yoga. After I finish my set, I typically lower the weight by a setting (mostly, depending on how easy the first set was) and after a brief rest do another set (again to “exhaustion.) I then do as many sets as I feel comfortable with that day, which depends on many factors (like how much time I have, whether or not there’s another free machine available, and how my energy is that day.)
Essentially, I go with the flow and listen to my body. If a particular exercise was very easy or extremely challenging I note it so I will remember for next time.
If the machine I’m using is one that requires switching sides, I do track my time on each side to keep it symmetrical.
My goals are to increase strength and muscle stamina in order to improve my yoga practice.
Is this a known method of strength training? I found it very effective (though it may not be the most efficient way.)
Thank you to anyone willing to give me their two cents.