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The Iron Man 2 Workout

How Robert Downey Jr. trained for Iron Man 2 and beat workout boredom

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Getting bored with exercise is common, even if you're not training for a movie.

Bose says he highly recommends functional training, to reach peak performance or simply "go to the next level." Otherwise, he says, your body quickly adapts to your workout – even after just one or two days.

Be sure to mix things up, Bose advises. His tips:

  • If you typically do a long cardiovascular session, followed by strength training, instead do 10 minutes of cardio between weight sets. 
  • When strength training, do different exercises in a different order each time.
  • Vary your cardio routine every time you work out, and from week to week.

"One of the weak points people make in their cardio training is limiting it to one piece of equipment, like a treadmill or an elliptical that they might have at their home," Bose says. 

"They never vary their cardiovascular training. And when you do that, you limit your ability to perform. The misconception is that because I'm on my treadmill, I'm improving my conditioning… You need to challenge your heart with different levels, and you want to switch to something different."

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Reviewed on May 06, 2010

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