To quote Benjamin Franklin, “If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail!” The gym can be an overwhelming place with its endless choice of equipment. With so many options to chose from, walking into a gym without a plan can lead to you wasting away half your workout time wandering around trying to figure out what to do.
To avoid wasting your time and prevent anxiety, come to the gym with a plan. An easy and effective way to do this is to use a printable workouts. Not only will following a workout plan save you time, stress and increase your confidence in the gym, but by following a well structured plan you’ll be more likely to remain engaged and get the results you’re after.
There are plenty of online 4, 6 and 12 week plans you can sign-up to or download and follow, but that doesn’t mean you can’t write your own, or better yet, have a Gym Instructor or Personal Training write a personalised plan for you to help you efficiently and effectively reach your fitness goals. You can also find a full body circuit at the bottom of this article to help get you started.
If you are writing your own plan, or even following an online plan, it’s also important to remember that there may come a time where you need to be flexible with your exercises and training, especially if you train in a busy gym or during peak hour. If this is the case, it can be extremely helpful to plan ahead and already have a plan B ready to go. Having go-to alternate exercises can be a real life and time saver when it comes to surviving a busy gym.
Some examples may be:
Not only will this allow you to have a plan coming in, but allow some flexibility in your plan as well which will decrease any stress, anxiety and/or time wasted wandering around the gym aimlessly trying to workout where to go and what to do next.
Notes: Remember to warm-up with dynamic stretching and cool down with some static stretches to get your body ready for training and recover.
If ever in doubt with how to perform an exercise, I recommend visiting http://www.bodybuilding.com/exercises/ and simply searching for the exercise in question. Each exercise on the website comes with a detailed written guide as well as a video showing how to perform the exercise.Tags: habits, Konquer Fitness, planning, progressnotperfection, training, working out