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Lou Schuler’s “New Rules for Lifting” books should be required reading for anyone who ever picks up a dumbbell. One rule that grabbed my attention was the goal to do something new during every single workout. That may sound overwhelming at first, but it’s actually very¬†achievable.

I have a boss who routinely tells us to work smarter, not harder. His theory is that working more efficiently will position us to achieve more. For our 9-5 jobs in Eagan, it works great. In the gym, however, the exact opposite is usually true. Forcing your body to be inefficient will help you burn more calories during your workout.