Do you ever walk into the gym and feel lost? Not sure how to map out your workouts efficiently so you can get in and get out? It all comes down to having a PLAN. “Fail to plan, plan to fail.”
So, what should one consider when making a plan before going to the gym. Well, first off, what are your goals? Someone who is looking to lose weight will not have the same workout program as someone trying to gain weight/mass. Strength training is beneficial for everyone, no matter what their goals are. The more lean muscle mass you have on your body, the more calories you burn at rest. So, in order to boost your metabolism and burn more calories throughout the day, you will want to start lifting weights.
You may be wondering, “how can I schedule my workouts to gain the maximum benefit & be productive with my time in the gym.” There are several ways you can break it up. I love splitting up my lower body and my upper body workouts. I’ll usually have 2 lower body workouts, 2 upper body workouts, and then 1-2 HIIT/cardio workouts a week. I like splitting up my strength training so that I can really focus on those muscle groups and then let them rest & recover a couple days before training them again.
Another way you split up your training is Pressing/Pulling. For example, all your pulling movements: deadlifts, pull-ups, lat pulldown, rows, etc would be performed on one day. The other day you would perform all your pressing/pushing movements: bench press, shoulder press, push ups, etc.
Basically, it all comes down to having a plan. Decide how many days a week you can realistically get to the gym and then breakdown your workouts to fit into “X” amount of days. Write out your workout before you go so that you will stay on track while you’re there. And remember, resist the urge to constantly change your workouts every week. Stick with mostly the same exercises and progress yourself by increasing the weight/reps. Your body will benefit from consistency and this way you will be able to easily monitor your progress by evaluating your strength/how you feel each week.
Set your goals. Make a plan. SUCCEED.
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