How to Plan a Simple Workout Routine and Get Results

by Janet Luhrs
How to Plan a Simple Workout Routine and Get Results

By Janet Luhrs,

Are you in a rut and tired of depending on an expensive personal trainer for your next workout plan?

Perhaps you are just starting out in the world of fitness and have no idea where to start. No worries if either one of these scenarios is where you find yourself, it is much more simple than you think to come up with a great and effective workout plan for yourself.

  • Know your goals Are you looking for weight loss? Building muscle?? Training for a Triathlon? Or improving your cardio fitness? The plan you devise needs to reflect your goals.
  • Know your experience level Are you a beginner, intermediate, or experienced at working out? How you design your workout is dependent on where you are at in your understanding of fitness and your experience with various types of exercises and workouts already.
  • Know your availability Be realistic about how often each week you can either get to the gym or workout at home. The intensity and frequency is determined by how often you will work out.
  • Know your resources Will you have access to a gym? What kind of equipment, machines, or classes will be at your disposal? Will you need to purchase a few new pieces? It doesn’t make sense to plan to do a kettle ball workout if you cannot have them available to yourself.
  • Know your body Not only should you understand your current levels of strength and cardio, but also know your injuries and weak areas. You must keep these in mind as you are choosing your specific exercises.

Break your weekly schedule into 3 major strength training days, with two days of cardio on the off days. On your each of your 3 strength training days choose two of the following muscle groups and by the end of the week, you will have challenged each area twice over the course of the week.

  • Shoulders
  • Back
  • Legs
  • Triceps
  • Chest
  • biceps

At the heart of all of this is to keep it simple and designed specifically for who you are and your current level of fitness. When you focus on establishing a good foundation with a smaller list of effective exercises rather than a long list of complex ones, you are more likely to stay consistent and see results.

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