I am always changing up my workouts to challenge myself more and to work out different muscle groups. When looking for a new workout plan, there are certain steps you can take to guarantee that you find the best program for you and your goals. Here are a few things to keep in mind!
1- Lay out Goals: First off, you want to set your goals and what you want to get out of a workout plan. When setting goals, it’s important to set SMART goals- which stand for Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and Time-based. There are so many programs out there offering different results. You want to make sure you know what you want to get in the end state to keep yourself on track.
2- Set Definite Time Frame– Deciding how much time you’re willing to dedicate to achieving your fitness goals is key because consistency is what is going to yield results.
3- Find the Plan that works for you– Narrow down a program based on your fitness goals and the time you’re willing to take to achieve them. I get lots of my workouts from Bodybuilding.com because it has sections of workouts for particular muscle groups. This is also a really good site for full-body workout routines. There are endless sites and online videos that give you daily workout plans to follow.
4- Keep an Exercise Log Book– This log book is to keep track of your progress. In this, you can keep a record of how far you jogged or how many reps you did of those push-ups or how heavy that weight was, so you can improve your performance during your next training session. Many programs offer apps for your cell phone too, making logging your workout extra convenient. Without proper record keeping, you don’t know where you were at during your last workout, and your chances of pushing yourself harder than the last time are slim.
This is the reason why you see people in the gym 24/7 who aren’t getting any results.
So, in order to meet your fitness goals you have to set them first, dedicate yourself to a set time to exercise throughout the week, come up with a regular workout routine to follow, and keep a log book of your workouts. Once you commit yourself, you’ll find yourself pushing past your goals and setting the bar higher and higher each day!