Not meeting your fitness goals and struggling to find the motivation to lace up your trainers and hit the gym? It may be time to build your own workout routine to get the results you want. Can’t afford to hire a personal trainer to do it for you? In this article, we’re going to teach you how to create your own that works for you without breaking your bank account. Let’s do this!
#1 Work out the schedule
First thing first, you should create a workout schedule within your capacity to keep you in the game. It means that you need to think through and design a do-able training program. Ask yourself how much time you have, will you be working out in a gym or train at home? Once it’s done, then you are ready to start building your own plan. You might plan a hip-dominant day, a lower body push day, a rotational day and an upper body pull into the plan. Rest is important too. So, make sure you include at least one full day of rest each week for recovery.
#2 Choose the right exercises
What type of workouts should you do? The best approach is to have different types of workouts to help you achieve your fitness goals. Try to include a mix of strength, cardio, aerobic and flexibility exercises instead of focusing solely on one form of exercise. Why variety is important? It goes beyond just alleviating the boredom of routine, but also helps prevent fatigue and injury.
#3 Determine your sets-reps
Think about your fitness goals and decide how many sets and reps you ought to do for each exercise. If you are looking to burn fat and build muscle, you should focus on high-rep schemes like 3 sets of 15 to 20 reps. And if strength is what you want, low-rep, high-set schemes like 5 sets of 3 to 5 reps. See how your body responds and adapt as you go.
#4 Keep a workout journal
Record keeping allows you to see what’s working and what’s not. It helps you to decide whether you should carry on with your workout routine or alter the program to get better results. Be sure you record your results and check them against your goals.