Establishing workout plans is usually something people do by following existing information. When you first get into working out this makes perfect sense because you are working from a place of limited information. As you learn more over time then it becomes easier to craft a plan that better fits your needs and goals along with time available.
Of course some might say that this should be done from the get-go to ensure that you not only get the most out your training sessions, but also that you stick with the program.
Sticking with a program is an important point because after the excitement of jumping into a new program wears off, you are either going to stick with your workout plans or you aren’t and often a deciding factor has to do with how easy that routine meshes into an already busy schedule. That is one reason why so many people fail on those New Year’s resolutions for getting in shape.
Tips for Crafting a Plan
While taking a diet plan and combining it with one of the various workout plans out there isn’t a bad way to start, there is a more logical way to go about it. Let’s look at some of the key factors you should think about and then how to create a program to work with them.
- Determine Your Goals – Why are you working out? Get very specific in what it is you hope or want to accomplish. There are a ton of workout plans out there but they are created with particular goals in mind such as gaining muscle, increasing endurance, losing bodyfat, increased athletic performance, etc. It helps to understand what your primary goal is along with secondary goals so that when you are selecting from the plans or making your own that the plan fits your goals.
- Timing is Everything – One reason people will either quit or miss training sessions has to do with time. Life keeps most people fairly busy. When you start a new training routine, often you will sacrifice time from other things because of the excitement and enjoyment of changing your body. This is very common and people do it all the time with hobbies, new relationships, etc. However after the “newness” wears off you still have a busy schedule with responsibilities. Ideally you need to look at workout plans that fit into your current schedule instead of making your schedule fit the routine.
- Start Small – Most people like to go big or go home. There seems to be a mental trigger that flips where people think they need to go “all out” with workout plans. The truth is that any exercise is better than no exercise. It makes more sense to start with a moderate plan and easing into the work level. Not only does this apply to fitting the routine to your time, but it also gives your body a chance to adjust to the strain.
- Research – There are so many resources for information available these days that it is fairly easy to find a lot of workout plans that meet a specific goal. Gather that knowledge to gain a better understanding of the options available such as exercises, sets, repetitions, and the like.
The Final Step
Now that you have your specific goals, understand your free time, and have researched some of the available options, you can tear apart of few programs to put together your plan. Then it is a matter of trying it out for four to eight weeks and determining how effective it is. The nice thing is, at this point you have learned more about the process and are in a better position to make small adjustments to make your workout plans more effective.
It might be a matter or increasing or decreasing the volume of work you are doing. Or perhaps you want to swap out exercises. In any case, having gone through the previous steps of research and understanding your goals and free time, you have all the important information ready to make the adjustments needed.
Honestly the biggest key to reaching any fitness goal is consistency in following a program. It makes sense to craft a program that fits you to ensure you consistently do it and take the methodical steps to reach that goal.