Do you have a simple exercise that you’d love to do more of, but you’re always struggling? Doing mini workouts throughout the day can help you finally do more reps. Think five push-ups every hour, or a pull-up every time you walk through the door where you hung your pull-up bar.
The technique is often called “greasing the groove” and credited to Pavel Tsatsouline. His theory was that repeating an exercise throughout the day teaches your brain, nerves, and muscles to work together more efficiently. Basically, you’re practicing it like a skill.
But there may be more to it. After all, it’s still an exercise and you’re still doing a lot of it—so, just like any workout, you’re getting stronger by getting a lot of reps in.
Here’s how it works:
Since the sets never get hard enough to fatigue you, the exercise will never feel hard. But since you’re doing a ton of them, in time you’ll make progress and be able to do more reps. It’s a technique that’s worth a try if you’re trying to get that second or fifth or 10th pull-up.